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INTO the Wind

Tue, March 26, 2019 5:05 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

Leader:  Joan Oppel

Members:   Jim Hudnall, Holly Carr, Lou D'Alloroso, Sam Perry, Larry Peed, Don Gardner, LaTasha Harris

Route:   To La Plata by way of Hawthorne, Rose Hill and Chapel Point/St Ignatius. Returning on Quailwood to see the dragon and Tyrannosauros Rex, back on Hawthorne and Bumpy Oak

Weather:   Very sunny, bright blue sky, temperatures mid-40s. 

AMS:  Varied greatly
Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

Report:   A bright blue day - again - some loud spring peepers in marshy areas near the roads, wonderful flowering trees and bushes - but windy on parts of the route. Holly and Lou must have ridden way ahead, LaTasha joined us on Hawthorne, riding from home. We spent quite a while at St Ignatius, long enough for me to visit the graves of a Confederate soldier, his wife and daughter Annie Olivia Floyd - a Confederate spy.  See below.

Larry, Don, Sam, Jim, LaTasha and I more or less stayed together until LaPlata. At LaPlata LaTasha determined that the soreness caused by her new pedals was unbearable and she called for a ride home. The rest of us went on uneventfully to the parking lot. 

HISTORICAL INTEREST: Annie Olivia Floyd, known as Olivia, was the daughter of David I. and Sarah (Semmes) Floyd. Her mother inherited an interest in the property of Rose Hill near Port Tobacco, Maryland about 1843, and Olivia lived there with her family. She never married.

During the American Civil War, Olivia Floyd became a spy and blockade runner for the Confederacy. She made numerous runs behind the lines between Washington, DC and the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, and was said to have outwitted a company of Union soldiers.[1] She conveyed papers, money and clothing from prisons and prisoners through the lines, and at one time, was holding $80,000 at Rose Hill to accomplish Confederate purposes. During the war, Union officials swore out an arrest warrant for her capture.

Olivia Floyd died peacefully at home on December 8, 1905, at Rose Hill in Charles County, Maryland.[1]

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
P.O. Box 81  
Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0081

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