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Author releases book about movements of Robert E. Lee

January 19, 2011

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — Author John Howard McClellan of Blue Ridge Summit recently released a book on the history of the area movements of Robert E. Lee and his staff following the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg through Pennsylvania and Maryland, including some overlooked landmarks and details of the Battle of Monterey Pass.

After the Battle of Monterey Pass, Lee and his army crossed the mountain at Blue Ridge Summit and crossed the Potomac River en route to Virginia, according to a news release.

The book, "A River To Cross," is documented by interviews, legend and historical research gathered during the course of McClellan's life. It is illustrated and contains a color map of the retreat route along with existing local landmarks.

The news release states McClellan, 84, is a lifelong native of the Waynesboro, Pa., area. He has lived in the Blue Ridge Summit area for 56 years and is the author of a number historical papers, slide presentations and books on local history.

McClellan, a former engineer for the Borough of Waynesboro, was a Waynesboro Area School Board member, a Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisor and long-time Franklin County surveyor. He also organized the restoration project for the statue atop the Franklin County Courthouse.

"A River to Cross" will be offered for sale at the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, Savage Pharmacy and Dru's Books and Things in Waynesboro.

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