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Near Seneca in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rowser’s Ford

5,000 Confederate Cavalrymen Crossed

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
Close Up View of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
1. Close Up View of Marker
Inscription. On June 24, 1863, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, leaving 3,000 cavalrymen in Rectortown, Virginia, to monitor Federal activity, led three Confederate cavalry brigades to Haymarket. Encountering Union Gen. Winfield S. Hancock’s corps marching north, Stuart sent Gen. Robert E. Lee a dispatch (never received) predicting where Hancock would cross the Potomac River. Stuart’s cavalry rode through Fairfax Court House and reached Dranesville on June 27.

That night, 5,000 Confederate cavalrymen crossed into Maryland at Rowser’s Ford, cutting between Union army and Washington. The rain-swollen river made crossing difficult for artillery and ambulances. By 3 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, they had crossed without alerting residents.

Stuart seized the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Locks 23 and 24, hoping to disrupt commerce and an important Federal supply line. Cavalrymen turned a barge length-wise for an impromptu bridge. Capturing at least a dozen boats with Union soldiers and grain, they burned nine, damaged the wooden gates at Lock 23 and Guard Lock 2, and drained that section of the canal by breaching the towpath embankment. Not until June 30 was the canal again operational.

Stuart’s forces rested, then split into two columns to converge that afternoon at Rockville, the Montgomery County seat. Gen. Wade Hampton’s brigade
Rowser’s Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
2. Rowser’s Ford Marker
turned up Seneca Road to Darnestown. Stuart, with the other two brigades under Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and W.H.F. Lee (led by Col. John R. Chambliss), rode south towards Offutts Crossroads (present-day Potomac) and onto Great Falls Road.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 4.135′ N, 77° 20.451′ W. Marker is near Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rileys Lock Road south of River Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seneca Aqueduct (here, next to this marker); Seneca (a few steps from this marker); Watering the Canal (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Seneca (approx. 0.7 miles away); Seneca Store (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rowers Ford, Part 1. To the Sound of the Guns. June 27 2010 by Craig Swain. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Rowers Ford, Part 2. To the Sound of the Guns. June 28, 2010 by Craig Swain. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Rowser’s Ford Marker at Riley's Lock image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
3. Rowser’s Ford Marker at Riley's Lock
Stairs lead up to Lock 24 and the Seneca Acqueduct. This marker is at the bottom of the stairs. The Seneca Aqueduct marker is as the top of the stairs, to the right. The Aqueduct itself is in the distance to the right.
 
 
Additional keywords. C&O Canal
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Seneca Aqueduct image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
4. Seneca Aqueduct
Marker is out of frame to the right. Person at the extreme left of this photograph is on the footbridge over Lock 24.
Across the Potomac at Seneca Lock image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
5. Across the Potomac at Seneca Lock
The distant shore is known locally as Lowes Island, as Sugarland Run separates it from the rest of the shore. The concrete structures on the left are water drains. Rowser's Ford was further downstream near Violetts Lock.
Confederate Cavalrymen fording the Potomac River image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 4, 2016
6. Confederate Cavalrymen fording the Potomac River
Close-up of image on marker
Cavalrymen cutting the C&O Canal banks to drain the water image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 4, 2016
7. Cavalrymen cutting the C&O Canal banks to drain the water
Close-up of image on marker
Map - You are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 4, 2016
8. Map - You are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,819 times since then and 552 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   5. submitted on July 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on September 5, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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