3414Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: South Mountain
- Apr 14, 2007It would have been more useful to the the Union thant the COnfederates, but EPA's account is the only real solid mention of it. It was uded i nthe Gettysburg by Union signalman, including Wm. J. L. Nicodemus.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> "Adam Zimmerli" <azimmerli@...> 04/13/07 6:56 PM >>>According to Edward Porter Alexander:
"I was riding with Gen. Lee when we came within a mile or two of the
fight [for Turner's Gap] & some one discovered a small party of
people on what seemed to be an old tower on the mountain top [the
Washington Monument] about a mile north of the pass. There were some
indications that it might be a signal party of the enemy sending
messages of our approach, &, itching to have some personal role in
a fight, I suggested to Gen. Lee that I might take a few men & go
recapture it. He approved & had eight men sent with me from some
brigade, I forget whose. I got in cover of some woods & then struck
up the mountain side &, after a hard, hot climb, at last got up &
around the tower (which seemed to have been built originally for a
windmill) before the party on it knew of my approach. But they were
plainly all natives of the vicinity attracted by the firing and up
there to see the battle. I was quite disgusted at the peaceful
character of my capture & left them after seeing that the position
gave no valuable view of the enemy's ground & I pushed on to the
front & right, towards the firing." Pages 142-143, Fighting for the
According to the footnotes of the book, the tower was actually
effectively in ruins by 1862. If EPA didn't think it gave a good
view of the federals, could the same be said of the confederate army
moving out of Boonsboro? I wonder, since it would be something one
would assume he would think about.
Anybody know where the 8 men came from?
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, jdpolaski@... wrote:
> I have a good question for the group. Does anyone know of Signal
> used at the Washington Monument? And if so what units were they
> communications did they send out.
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