Germanna Crossing
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 22.658 W 077° 46.966
18S E 256916 N 4251382
Quick Description: Union troops crossed the Rapidan River at Germanna in pursuit of the Confederate army.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2011 9:02:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMBZE7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
In May 1864, the Union army broke their winter camp in Culpeper, VA and moved on the Confederate army who were encamped on the other side of the Rapidan River in Orange County. One of the fords across the Rapidan was the Germanna crossing. From here and another crossing at Ely's Ford, the Army of the Potomac moved on to the Wilderness.

They had intended to attack the Confederate army at Mine Run, but when Confederate Gen. Lee learned of the crossing, he also moved his troops to Wilderness. Thus began the first battle of the 1984 Overland Campaign.

Two CWT markers are located at the Germanna Visitor CenterClick for related waymark to open in new window on Rt. 3 between Culpeper and the Wilderness battlefield. A dirt road leads to the Rapidan River. It is chained, but permission to walk down to the river can be obtained by checking in at the Visitor Center. The ford can be observed from the bridge on Rt. 3, but caution is advised due to the traffic.


Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Germanna Visitor Center
2062 Germanna Highway
Locust Grove, VA USA

Phone Number: 540 423 1700

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Rt. 3W from Fredericksburg

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