Darnestown-Confederate Visit - Darnestown, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 06.379 W 077° 17.737
18S E 301505 N 4331083
Quick Description: On June 25-27, 1863, the Federal Army of the Potomac used two temporary pontoon bridges to cross the Potomac River from Virginia back into Maryland at Edwards Ferry.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2020 11:41:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM126JB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Darnestown-Confederate Visit— Gettysburg Campaign — On June 25-27, 1863, the Federal Army of the Potomac used two temporary pontoon bridges to cross the Potomac River from Virginia back into Maryland at Edwards Ferry. On the evening and morning of June 27-28, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led 5,000 cavalrymen in three brigades into Maryland at Rowsers Ford. His men captured and questioned local Chesapeake and Ohio Canal boatmen who provided information that led to the seizure of several vessels, including a barge with 150 U.S. Colored Troops and their white commanders. Stuart's men, however, never went to Edwards Ferry, where stockpiles of supplies that would later be used at Gettysburg were lightly guarded.

Splitting his force into two columns to rendezvous later that day at Rockville, Stuart led two brigades south while Gen. Wade Hampton's brigade turned north up Seneca Road to Darnestown, becoming the first Confederate force to enter the small town. Near hear, Hampton captured 25 teams of mules heading for Edwards Ferry to haul pontoons from the dismantled bridges back to Washington.

(sidebar) During the war, 27 Union soldiers who died in or near Darnestown were buried
Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Address:
14211 Darnestown Road
parking lot for Darnestown Park
Darnestown, MD USA
20874,


Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Phone Number: Not listed

Driving Directions: Not listed

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