Month: April 2013

Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River

The 17th crossed the Rapidan River in the early morning hours of April 30, 1863. The area of the crossing is seen in this 2008 photograph, but the description written by Lt. Albert H. Wilcoxson provides a vivid description: “A…

Kelly’s Ford

After marching from Hartwood Church, the 17th marched throughout April 28th until it reached the area of Kelly’s Ford at the Rappahannock River. With two army corps marching on the same route traffic jams ensued and the regiment, halted a…

Chancellorsville campaign

150 years ago today, April 27, 1863, the 17th CVI marched out of camp and headed off to what would become there first battle at Chancellorsville. It’s fitting that the new Civil War park in Stafford, VA opens today. Their…

A Presidential visit…150 years ago

150 years ago today, President Lincoln reviewed the XI Corps near Brooks Station. The visit was well-known and anticipated. Henry Peck wrote his parents: “We expect Old Abe here Friday to review our brigade. Then I will have a chance…