“It was the loveliest landscape I ever beheld. A painters ideal could not have surpassed it. ”

Mountville Pass Looking Toward the "Water Gap" where the Potomac River flows between South Mountain in Maryland and Virginia

Mountville Pass Looking Toward Jefferson and Crampton's Gap

“The ascent was long and very tedious; but when upon the opposite side of the summit, the view was most magnificent.  A valley extending for miles dotted here and there with snow-white villas, with little streams flowing in various directions, abounding with beautiful groves and fields, lay spread out before us.  It was the loveliest landscape I ever beheld.  A painters ideal could not have surpassed it.  Expressions of suprise and admiration fell from hundreds of lips.  The bright and beautiful seemed to attend us at almost every step.”  George Bicknell, an officer of the 5th Maine of Franklin’s Sixth Corps describing the descent from Mountville Pass toward Jefferson on September 14, 1862..   From Sealed With Their Lives The Battle for Crampton’s Gap by Timothy J. Reese.  (Baltimore:  Butternut and Blue.  1998).

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