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

The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport

 
 
The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
1. The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker
Inscription. The C&O Canal was an important transportation line during the Civil War, and was a frequent target of attack from both sides.

Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's troops attempted to breat Dam Nos. 4 & 5 in the winter of 1861-62. During the Battle of Antietam, Union Maj. Gen. George G. McClellan sent cavalry to destroy canal property at Williamsport to prevent the Confederates from crossing the river and flanking his army.

During the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, the Confederates cut four roads through the canal to pass the southern army, tore out the four corners of the Conococheague Aqueduct, and burned the gates and dislodged two rows of stone at Lock No. 44.

[text with upper right image] Canal boat passing by Williamsport as Union troops prepare to cross the Potomac, June 1862. Detail from engraving in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 1, 1863.

[text with lower image] Conococheague Aqueduct showing damage from 1863 Confederate invasion and retreat. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 1, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 35.95′ N, 77° 49.567′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Salisbury Street 0 miles west of Commerce Street, on the right
The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
2. The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker
View east, toward the center of Williamsport.
when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is about 250 feet west of the intersection, just before the one-way bridge. 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. Boats Passing By (within shouting distance of this marker); Doubleday Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Abner Doubleday (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Doubleday Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Williamsport (about 500 feet away); The C&O Canal in Williamsport (about 500 feet away); River View Cemetery (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
3. The C&O Canal in the Civil War at Williamsport Marker
View west, toward the Potomac River. The bridge in the foreground crosses over the C&O Canal.
The Conococheague Aqueduct image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
4. The Conococheague Aqueduct
From the Potomac River side.
View North from the Canal Bridge image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
5. View North from the Canal Bridge
Looking toward the Cushwa Basin.
View South from the Canal Bridge image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 29, 2016
6. View South from the Canal Bridge
Looking toward Lock No. 44.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 1, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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