C & O Canal Aqueduct-Stonewall Changes Course - Williamsport, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 36.047 W 077° 49.658
18S E 257215 N 4387270
Quick Description: On September 10, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and a detachment of 15,000 men, about two-thirds of the Army of Northern Virginia, to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 3/7/2020 10:37:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM125ZQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
C & O Canal Aqueduct-Stonewall Changes Course— Antietam Campaign 1862 —On September 10, 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and a detachment of 15,000 men, about two-thirds of the Army of Northern Virginia, to capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry and secure Confederate lines of communication with Virginia. At first, Jackson planned to follow the Sharpsburg Road from Frederick to the Potomac River, but then he decided to cross the river here at Williamsport, where he could easily engage the nearby Federal garrison at Martinsburg, Virginia. When Jackson’s column forded the river here on September 11, the outnumbered garrison fled to Harpers Ferry. By taking the longer route, however, Jackson found himself behind schedule. He did not capture Harpers Ferry until September 15 and rejoined Lee on the Antietam battlefield barely in time to save the Confederate army.
Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

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Located in the Conococheague Aqueduct section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park.
Williamsport , MD USA
21795


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