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, but the ford is within private property and I learned the landowner doesn’t accept visitors.

Nancy and I traveled to the Maryland side of White’s Ford and found a small park commemorating the ford and it had a few information stations describing the crossing.

I know it sounds crazy, but just to think of all the famous persons that walked and rode over this ground during the Civil War just gives me a sense of walking on hallowed ground.

White’s Ford, Cheek’s/Chick’s Ford, Nolan’s Ford and Point of Rocks played a vital part of the 1862 and 1863 movements of the armies.

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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