A little more than a mile above the Monocacy on the Potomac is the approximate location of Cheek’s Ford (also known as Chick’s Ford). One of several shallow sections of river in this vicinity, Cheek’s Ford was circled on the map by Civil War officers for Potomac crossings. Prior to the Battle of Antietam in Maryland, Confederate brigades led by Colonel Alfred H. Colquitt and General Robert E. Rodes crossed at Cheek’s Ford.
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