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

Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry

 
 
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By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
1. Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Marker
Inscription. Williamsport was an important crossing point on the Potomac River. In 1863 Light's Ford was described as "the best ford on the river," and Union and Confederate troops crossed here repeatedly. Union armies forded the river in June and July 1861, and in May and June 1862. The Confederates used the ford in September 1862, nearly the entire Army of Northern Virginia in June and July 1863, and by another Confederate army in 1864.

Lemen's Ferry crossed the Potomac on a wire cable that stretched across the river. On June 1, 1861 Confederates posted opposite Williamsport skirmished with the Williamsport Home Guard for control of the ferry boat, with the townsmen maintaining possession of the vessel. After the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederates used the ferry to transport its wounded back to Virginia.

[text with upper right photo] General Lee's Army crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, in scows guided by wires. Sketch by CEH Bonwill.

[text with middle right photo] Colonel Thomas' brigade crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, MD.

[text with lower left photo] Invasion of Maryland-Lee retreating across the Potomac to Virginia, above Williamsport, July 13. From a sketch by artist, CEH Bonwill.
 
Location. 39° 35.934′ 
Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
2. Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Marker
This marker is the one on the left in this photo.
N, 77° 49.52′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Salisbury Street and Commerce Street, on the left when traveling west on Salisbury Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the top of Doubleday Hill, within the cemetery grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport MD 21795, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Doubleday Hill (here, next to this marker); Abner Doubleday (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Doubleday Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport (within shouting distance of this marker); River View Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boats Passing By (about 400 feet away); The Bowie List (about 600 feet away); Welcome to Williamsport (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
3. Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Marker
View of the top of Doubleday Hill, where the marker is located.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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