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6621RE: [TalkAntietam] Question re Width of Hagerstown Turnpike

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  • G E Mayers
    Jul 31, 2011
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      Thanks Tom! Dave McGowan shared some photos taken in the early 20th or very
      late 19th century which gave me an idea of overall width of road. I would
      imagine the present day road bed which passes by the Visitor Center is wider
      than the original was? Same for width of span from fence to fence?
      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

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      It was pretty narrow. Two wagons could pass, but not much more. The fences
      were close, much closer that the way they have it now. They fenced it keep
      out animals as muh as to restrict usage.

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      From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com] on
      behalf of G E Mayers [gerry1952@...]
      Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 4:46 PM
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      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Question re Width of Hagerstown Turnpike

      Gang,

      The other evening while reading the chapter on Antietam in Ed
      Bears's book "Fields of Honor", it occurred to me that rarely do
      you see anything indicated in the literature as to the actual
      width (fence to fence) of the Hagerstown Turnpike in September
      1862. You see photos showing the Turnpike, most notably the dead
      of Starke's Louisiana Brigade, taken on September 19th by
      Alexander Gardner, and the six rail fences that bordered each
      side in the literature but nothing about the actual width.

      So my question becomes, How wide was the Turnpike actually? Could
      two wagons pass each other north to south or was the road space
      only about a wagon width wide? Could a column of infantry massed
      eight across have marched on the pike or would a traditional
      column of four been best?

      Thanks for the help!

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
      on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
      Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
      the Almighty God. --Anonymous

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