4974Re:Crossing the river at Shepherdstown
- Aug 28, 2008Ian,
Thank you for this excellent info!
In addition to personally looking at this part of the river for a
long time, did you have any written references which talked about
these various fords? Have you written anything about them?
In your response, did you mean "dam" versus "bridge" at the mill
talking about the 118th PA? I didn't know that there was a bridge at
the cement mill.
I hope to learn more from you at the crossing event--maybe you will
have time to show us some of these other fords?
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Ian Workman" <cwdigger@...>
> For eigth conn,
> All of the fords in that general area (near the cement mill) have
> different names. However, they are only one ford. Blackford's fordisn't near
> the train bridge as some websites show. It was much fartherdownstream.
> There were two ferries above the train bridge and above the stonebridge
> piers. Those stone bridge piers were from the 1850's bridge. HenryKyd
> Douglas's father built the bridge and Henry Kyd Douglass helpedburn it down
> in the beginning of the war.there was
> The Fords:
> The main ford is about 150 yards below the cement mill. Below that
> a cavalry ford. Further on down the river is what is called packhorse ford.
> This is the ford that was used by A.P. Hill's men when they madethe great
> march from Harper's Ferry. Below that there is another ford belowthe mouth
> of the Antietam creek. The bridge that was at the mill was used as ain a few
> crossing by the retreating 118th Pa. They all came off the cliffs
> spots and ran in two different directions. There are about threelines of
> crossing above the dam. Above Shepherdstown there are about threemore
> fords. The one that stuart crossed is about 1.75 miles upstream.There were
> two more above that before you get to dam no. 4. The ford atWilliamsport
> butts right up to where the ferry was. It is still there but underabout 6
> more feet of water than it was during the war.for you
> Ian Workman
> On 8/26/08, David Clugh <thirdpaclugh@...> wrote:
> > Well, I have lurked long enough on this topic. I feel excited
> > all just reading of the "crossing event" upcoming on the 20th.Unfortunately
> > for me, I am committed to do a weekend Revolutionary War event inthat you can
> > Kingsville, Md. I hope that you do take at least a few photos
> > perhaps share with the rest of this list.
> > Have fun.
> > Dave Clugh
> > 3rd PA Light Inf. Coy.
> > www.hmisite.com
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