This isn’t exactly a battlefield…but it’s a “forgotten” place with military significance and the site of a few skirmishes. Can you name the location?
Here are a few clues:
- It’s along the Potomac River.
- Initially, Union soldiers held the location, resulting in a fighting clash on May 23, 1861, when the Rebels captured the ferry boat, but were forced to abandon their prize when blue-clad reinforcements showed up.
- Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry crossed here during their Chambersburg Raid in autumn 1862.
Answer: McCoy’s Ferry.
The photograph offers a view of the Potomac River near the original ferry site.
We’d love to hear about river crossings that were the locations of lesser-known skirmishes or contested crossings. Any river. Any place. Just keep it in the 1861-1865 time period!