Take a step into history—and bring a change of shoes along. You’ll need them on this tour to visit strategic Potomac River sites, and experience a river crossing the way a Civil War foot soldier did.
Led by military historian Gregg Clemmer, the tour stops at Rowser’s Ford, used by Col. John Mosby and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry in June 1863; Edwards Ferry, crossed by Gen. Joe Hooker’s Army of the Potomac on the way to Gettysburg; Young’s Island Ford, where Gen. Julius Stahel’s Union cavalry entered Maryland the same day; Conrad’s Ferry (a.k.a. White’s Ferry), often used by such cavalry commanders as Mosby, Lt. Col. Elijah (“Lige”) White, and Gen. John McCausland; and the approach to Harrison’s Island, accessed by Federal forces in the Battle at Ball’s Bluff.
At White’s Ford, you’ll cross the river to retrace the route of Lee’s forces going into Maryland before Antietam and Jubal Early’s retreat after his July 1864 raid on Washington.
Lunch is provided after the crossing. As a bonus, visit the site of a Civil War gold discovery.
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St., S.W. (corner of 6th & C Sts., S.W.)
Bring a towel, shorts, and a change of shoes.
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