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Hancock to Romney

Following the Footsteps of Stonewall Jackson

In January 1862, Stonewall Jackson marched his troops to Bath (now Berkeley Springs, WV) in frigid weather only to find that the Federals had left. Following them to Hancock, Jackson attacked with artillery but thought better of it the next day. Instead he forced the soldiers to march to Romney over icy mountain roads. Again the Federals left ahead of him. He decided to keep troops there but was over-ridden when a group of officers went over his head with a written protest.

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couple under umbrella canal group at hancock
A light rain did not deter us C&O Canal at Hancock, MD Near the Canal, Hancock
Prospect Point Lecture at Romney Hand pointing
Prospect Point near Berkeley Springs Lecture at Indian Mound, Romney, WV Pointing out a site, Romney
Leona Strich The following photo was taken on a personal trip to Berkeley Springs. This view from Prospect Point on route 9 shows how rugged the area is. Jackson took his troops over nearby mountains in ice and snow. Potomac Valley
Leona takes a photo   Another view from Prospect Point
Taken in the Winter

The next three photos were taken on our 1991 field trip to Romney, which was almost the same but included a stop at Bloomery Furnace on the road to Romney. (Clicking on these pictures will show you a larger version in a new window - close it to return here.)

Hancock Church Bloomery furnace Blues Gap
Church, Hancock, Maryland Bloomery Furnace Blue's Gap - Peter Walmsley points out a historic marker


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For more details on this part of history see The Romney Campaign described by Stanislaus I. Zenov

Photos taken by Linda Javins (now Linda Walcroft). Visit Linda's Links

Page updated February 2005.