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

White’s Ferry

Invasion or Liberation.

 

—Antietam Campaign 1862 —

 
White’s Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
1. White’s Ferry Marker
Inscription. The serenity of the Maryland countryside was shattered on September 4-6, 1862, as 35,000 Confederate soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia waded across the Potomac River. Gen. Robert E. Lee, hoping to rally support in the divided state, sent the bulk of his army across at White’s Ford two miles north of here. The military operations would change the lives of the fighting men and affect local residents and businesses.

The largely indifferent reaction to the Confederates as they entered Montgomery County was described by a Missouri soldier, “Instead of an outburst of overflowing joy, at the sight of their deliverers, not one solitary soul had come to the River bank to see us cross or welcome us to the soil.” A resident recalled the veteran troops as “the dirtiest, filthiest, piratical-looking, cutthroat men I ever saw.... Yet there was a dash about them that the Northern men lacked.”

The invaders passed the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal via road culverts and bridges erected by their engineers. Walls of the canal were breached to disrupt commerce and the enemy’s supply lines, but efforts to destroy the Monocacy Aqueduct were unsuccessful.

As the largest part of the Confederate army marched toward Frederick, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry formed a protective screen to the south.
Detail of Photograph on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
2. Detail of Photograph on Marker
The Confederate army crosses the Potomac River into Maryland.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 9.32′ N, 77° 31.1′ W. Marker is near Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on the White’s Ferry parking lot near Whites Ferry Road (Route 107), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is in a group of three markers at the far end of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1862 Antietam Campaign ( here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign ( a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Monument ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named White’s Ferry ( about 300 feet away); Chesapeake & Ohio Canal ( about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan on the upper left. On the lower left is a depiction of The Confederate army crosses the Potomac River into Maryland. A map of the 1862 Antietam Campaign, highlighting other Civil War Trails sites, is on the right.
 
Regarding White’s Ferry.
C&O Canal Park Picnic Area at White's Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
3. C&O Canal Park Picnic Area at White's Ferry
Picnic area is at the far end of the parking area at White's Ferry. The three markers are at the picnic area entrance.
2006 White’s Ferry fare for automobiles is $3 one way or $5 round trip. Pedestrians and bicyclists 50¢ each. Ferry operates year-round (except when the river floods or freezes solid), but the restaurant, gift and convenience shop is only open during the six summer months.

2017 Toll Ferry - Cash Only Cars One Way: $5.00 Cars Roundtrip: $8.00 Motorcycles: $3.00 Bicycle: $2.00 Pedestrian: $1.00 Trucks: Varies
 
Also see . . .  Captain Elijah Viers White, CSA. Captain White was a Partisan Ranger from Loudoun County, Virginia early in the Civil War and served under Robert E. Lee. He purchased Conrad's Ferry after the war and named it White's Ferry. (Submitted on January 13, 2007.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Map of the Antietam Campaign, 1862 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 14, 2013
4. Map of the Antietam Campaign, 1862
Map image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 14, 2013
5. Map
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,945 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on May 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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