After the battle at the Antietam, General Lee withdrew his
army across the Potomac and went into camp near Bunker Hill. Stuart put his
cavalry division into camp in the clover fields of the Dandridge farm on the
Opequon. At Lee’s direction, on October 10, Stuart moved with 1,800 troopers to
McCoy’s Ford, crossed the Potomac and rode for the second time around
McClellan. The intelligence Stuart gained on this reconnaissance was used by
Lee in planned the battle of the battle at Gettysburg.
Within twenty-four hours Stuart had his expedition across
the Potomac at White’s Ford, near Poolesville, Maryland, and returned to the
This property, as well as two others near by, were and are
owned by the Dandridge family. Martha Washington was of this family.