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5853Re: [TalkAntietam] River Fording Adventure

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  • Thomas Clemens
    Sep 27, 2009
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      Nor do I. Thanks for the offer, we'll do it. Reminder for all about SHAF Work Day on Nov. 14 from 9 until ??? Meet at the Visitor's Center Parking lot and bring gloves, water, etc. Dress for theweather, cancelled if it is steady rain.

      Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
      Professor of History
      Hagerstown Community College

      >>> "eighth_conn_inf" <eighth_conn_inf@...> 09/27/09 3:22 PM >>>
      I was on the 3:30 tour with Tom McGrath and we seemed not to be on the smooth part I remember from last year. His description of the battle was excellent however. Two of our group fell in but did not get totally under--heads remained above water.

      I would be willing to help scout the ford next year. Perhaps if two or three of us started at the mill dam and formed a line heading downriver, we could find it.

      Here is some other info on the ford from John H. Worsham of the Twenty-first Virginia Infantry who crossed with Early 4 July 1864 from WV into MD: For about one-third of the way the bottom of the river was covered with large round stones, after which was a smooth and level bed of granite that extended nearly to the opposite bank. I got along very well until I reached the level granite bottom, which was covered with minute shells so very sharp that they stuck into my feet at every step," p. 150, "One of Jackson's Foot Cavalry."

      I remember the boulders from last year but they were on the Maryland side of the ford. I don't remember as many weeds in the water last year.

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