Last year, the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association conducted a tour of the battlefield (yes, there was a pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Antietam) that commenced with a crossing of the Potomac via Boteler’s/Blackford’s/Pack Horse Ford, the same ford used by Union forces – including the 20th Maine and 118th Pennsylvania – on September 19-20, 1862. The turnout wasn’t overwhelming (I didn’t make it either, having been in town the preceding weekend), but the reaction to the tour was. So the SBPA has determined to repeat the tour again, this time on September 19, and this time with two tours scheduled. One is to be led by SBPA board member Tom Clemens, and another by Tom McGrath, author of Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign. The tour will begin with a crossing of the Potomac by foot at the ford, a tour of the battlefield, and a picnic on the field. All this for $25. Go here for information and to make reservations, and to order Mr. McGrath’s book if you wish. Visit Brian Downey’s Behind Antietam on the Web for a recap of last year’s tour.
Ford the Potomac Like They Did12 08 2009