Near Shepherdstown in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 2
The Army of Northern Virginia, Gen. R. E. Lee Commanding, crossed Blackfordís Ford during the night of September 18, 1862, and on the morning of the 19th took up its line of march in the direction of Williamsport. Lawtonís and Armisteadís Brigades were left to guard the Ford and 44 guns were placed on the bluffs, north and south of this point, to check the Union pursuit. Heavy Artillery firing and Infantry sharpshooting continued during the day, by which some of the Confederate Artillery was silenced. At dark while the Confederate Artillery was being withdrawn, detachments from the 4th Michigan, 18th and 22nd Mass., and 118th Pennsylvania Infantry, under command of Brigadier General Charles Griffin, crossed the Ford, forced back General Lawtonís and Armisteadís Brigades and captured 2 guns which were taken across the river. Griffin remained on this side between 2 and 3 hours and recrossed to Maryland. Early on the morning of the 20th, the 4th Michigan and 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry crossed to this side of the river and secured 3 guns and several caissons, returning to the Maryland side at 8 A. M. (Marker Number B.F. 2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
Location. Marker Touch for map. Site location is an estimate based on references. Marker was in this post office area: Shepherdstown WV 25443, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 1 (here, next to this marker); Botelerís Ford Tablet B. F. 3 (here, next to this marker); Pack Horse Ford (here, next to this marker); Packhorse Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); In Honor of James Rumsey (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ferry Hill Place (approx. 1.1 miles away in Maryland); Blackfordís Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Swearingenís Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shepherdstown.
More about this marker. The title of this tablet is based on secondary sources. Some also cite this tablet as "Blackford Ford No. 2."
Also see . . . Virtual Antietam. Text for this marker was determined from the Monument Database on the Virtual Antietam web site. (Submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,224 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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