Post on Raccoon Ford – Mysteries & Conundrums Blog

In 2013, one of the editors of the Mysteries & Conundrums blog visited Somerville Ford and Raccoon Ford. This blog was created by the NPS staff at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. The visitor, John Hennessy, was guided by two area residents. The resulting blog entry is interesting, and incorporates photos from the 2013 visit, modern maps with wartime roads marked, and quotes from Civil War soldiers who passed through the area.

Read Exploring Culpeper and Orange – Somerville and Raccoon Fords

Somerville Ford and Raccoon Ford in the center of the map.
(Also of interest: the road below the fords marked as Marquises Road – Lafayette’s 1781 route south through Orange County to Yorktown.)
Sketch of Rapidan River valley, 1864; source: Library of Congress,