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General Robert E. Lee's Potomac crossing in 1862 was the most famous of many that took place at White's Ford. Lee was enroute with the Confederate Army to Antietam. Most Civil War historians place White's Ford at approximately Lock 26 on the canal (mile 39). In September 1862, the Confederate Army made its first invasion of the north by crossing the Potomac and carrying the bold southern offensive into enemy territory. Lee's forces moved from White's Ford to Frederick, hoping for support from the Maryland towns and countryside as the army moved westward toward Harpers Ferry. Lee met the Union army in the historic--if inconclusive--Battle of Antietam.