History: Union soldiers tramped through Barnesville three days in a row, having crossed the Potomac River nearby. On Friday, June 26, 1863, Union Gen. John F. Reynolds' I Corps slogged through town in continuous heavy rain, making the troops muddy and dismal, unable to cook supper. Early on June 27, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps marched through town. On Sunday, June 28, Gen. John Sedwick's VI Corps came through. Hearing church bells ringing, some attended Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church and enjoyed smiling faces, warm greetings and prayers for President Lincoln, a welcome contrast to eight months spent in Virginia.
More to Explore: Just a short drive away is Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area, with hiking trails, picnic areas and beautiful mountaintop vistas. At the base of the mountain, don't miss Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, with tours, events and tastings, sure to please your palate. Enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot; and three white varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Viognier.
- “Sugarloaf Mountain (Maryland) as seen from Maryland Heights.” Courtesy of Kevin Smith Wikimedia Commons under CC BY 3.0; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SUGARLOAF_FMH.jpg