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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A View into the Past

 
 
A View into the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2012
1. A View into the Past Marker
Inscription. This Civil War era photograph offers a glimpse into the two Shepherdstown communities that grew up along the river. The stone pilings in this photograph were all that remained of the covered bridge burned by Confederate troops led by Stonewall Jackson in 1861.

The river crossing was an important commercial stop along the C&O canal route. Canal boats left the lock on the Maryland side and navigated across the river to West Virginia. Once loaded with cement, flour, or grain they resumed their journey along the canal.

I was with the company that set fire to [the bridge], and when, in the glare of the burning timbers, I saw the glowing windows in my home on the hill beyond the river [I] knew my father was a stockholder in the property that I was helping to destroy.
- Henry Kyd Douglas, from his book, I Rode with Stonewall. Douglas's father lived at Ferry Hill, the residence that still stands on the hill overlooking this scene.
 
Erected by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
 
Location. 39° 26.222′ N, 77° 47.985′ 
Shepherdstown in the Civl War image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2012
2. Shepherdstown in the Civl War
Close-up of the photograph showing the location of buildings in wartime Shepherdstown.
W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the Maryland side of the Ramsey Bridge. Best viewed by parking at the C&O Canal stop below the bridge and walking up the stairs to the overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shepherdstown (within shouting distance of this marker); Blackford's Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferry Hill Place (about 600 feet away); Swearingen’s Ferry and Pack Horse Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Blackford’s Ford (approx. 0.2 miles away); The James Rumsey Bridge / The Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); River Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Bridge Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2012
3. Bridge Overlook
Looking across the Potomac at Shepherdstown Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2012
4. Looking across the Potomac at Shepherdstown Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 478 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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