September 20: Potomac River wading

Here is the proposition; let me know if you’re interested. You may reply through this venue or to my private email.

We’ll meet at 3:00 Saturday September 20, 2008 on the Maryland side of the Potomac at Boteler’s (Packhorse, Shepherdstown) Ford. This may entail some car-pooling from Antietam Visitor’s Center if there are a lot of us.

Waud's pickets at Shepherdstown Ford
Ford near Shepherdstown, on the Potomac. Pickets firing across the river (A. Waud, Sept 1862, Library of Congress)

We’ll wade the Potomac at the ford site, and on the other side some folks from Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association (SBPA) will meet us.

They will arrange for us to use the actual ford site, which is on private property, and we’ll stop and look at the ruins of the Cement Mill. Then we’ll ascend the bluff roughly along the route of Barnes’ Brigade and go to the place where the 118th PA fought, all of which is also on private property. After viewing the main battle area we’ll walk to the original farmhouse, also privately owned, where the opposing forces first met, and see a shell embedded in the farmhouse wall.

From there we’ll go to the Dunleavey’s home, just a short distance away, where they will serve us hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings, as well as adult liquid refreshments that will slake the thirst of all dedicated battlefield trampers. When we have had our fill of everything, they will provide drivers to take us back to our vehicles, thus we only have to wade once.

All of this wonderful stuff for only a paltry $25 per person donation to SBPA, which is tax-deductible! It doesn’t get any better than this! Tramping a privately-owned battlefield, helping a preservation group, and a good meal!!
Any takers?

Tom Clemens

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