Honoring the Battles, Soldiers and Spirits

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES After daybreak on Sunday the 14th of September fighting could be heard on South Mountain as the Union Forces forced their way toward Turner’s and Fox’s Gaps and took Crampton’s Gap. The smoke from this fighting was visible from Walker’s position on Loudoun Heights. During the 14th the rest of the division …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES How would you like to have marched from Richmond, VA to Frederick, MD to Harper’s Ferry to Loudoun Heights in Virginia, crossed the Potomac River twice, banged on a concrete aqueduct to no avail, and participated in siege of Harper’s Ferry all within 19 days? Then guess what? Once Harpers Ferry was surrendered, you …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES The division stayed in bivouac on September 11th and took up the march on the morning of the 12th. Colonel E. V. White,a Loudoun County native and commander of the 35th Virginia Battalion. had been sent, according to the orders in Special Order 191, by Gen. Jeb Stuart to guide Walker’s Division …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES Special Order 191 was the Army of Northern Virginia’s plan for the Maryland Campaign. It fell into the hands of General McClellan and gave him the full outline of what Lee planned to do. To paraphrase Special Order 191,its 10 parts were as follows: I No soldier was to go into Frederick, …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES Nancy and I have traveled all over the area north of Leesburg, VA trying to take pictures of the fords utilized during the Civil War for army crossings. Cheek’s Ford, also called Chick’s Ford, was where Walker’s Division crossed the Potomac River on September 7, 1862. I had traveled to this area, …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES The aqueduct was a 7 arched concrete and stone edifice that is really a concrete canal the width of a canal boat or barge that was built over the confluence of the Monocacy and Potomac Rivers. It allowed unfettered flow of river traffic on the C&O Canal, while its arches allowed boat …


THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862

THE MARYLAND CAMPAIGN OF 1862: THROUGH ARKANSAS EYES The two brigades of Walker’s Division were Ransom’s Brigade made up of the 24th, 25th, 35th and 49th North Carolina under Brigadier General Robert Ransom, Jr. The brigade also was assigned French’s Battery commanded by Captain Thomas B. French. Walker’s old Brigade was commanded by Col. Vannoy Hartrog Manning from Hamburg, AR, …