The Oct. 31 edition of The Gazette covered White’s Ferry and its historic past.
Why was the ferry itself named for Confederate General Jubal Early?
I suspect that it was not just because of the general’s rebellious attitude, as stated in the article, but that it was Jubal Early who led Confederate troops across the very same Potomac River from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to strike fear into the Union ranks by outflanking Washington, D.C.
He marched on Rockville, then down what is now Georgia Avenue to attack the Federal Capital at Fort Stevens on 13th Street NW, where President Abraham Lincoln came under the fire of his guns.
Jubal Early the general made crossing the Potomac a feat. The Jubal Early the ferry now does it every day.
Michael Rae, Potomac