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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 11, 1863

Army of Northern Virginia Reached Potomac River

By this time, the Army of Northern Virginia’s infantry had reached the Potomac River. But could not cross it - it was swollen with recent rains and the pontoon bridges across it had been destroyed by a cavalry raid. So Robert E. Lee had the men dig an entrenched line, protecting the river crossings, and prepared for an advance from the Army of the Potomac.