6889Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Killing's Cave
- Sep 14, 2012Killiansburg Cave has what appears to have two openings. The one on the
right is the one that you would want to go into. It is much smaller than it
used to be. Parts of it collapsed and you can no longer scale the chimney
to the upper window. It is also full of dirt so the entrance is much
smaller. There is a larger overhang towards Shepherdstown that is thought
to have been used as well. All of these pieces are on NPS land. You can see
the markers punched into the tops of the cliffs above on both of them.
On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM, G E Mayers <gerry1952@...> wrote:
> Thanks, Steve!
> It is also possible the cave was a little bit larger 150 years ago...
> I will pass the information along to my friend.
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: re Killing's Cave
> I visited Killiansburg Cave a couple years ago and it was in good
> condition, albeit much smaller than Schell's rendition. It's located off
> the C & O towpath a couple miles south of the parking area at the Snyder's
> Landing Road boat launch. I failed to log the exact milepost but it was
> somewhere between 75.3-75.7. After walking a mile or so from the parking
> area you'll first pass the smaller Sharpsburg Landing Cave, which is
> commonly mistaken for Killiansburg Cave. Continue for roughly another mile
> and the much larger Killiansburg Cave will be on your left, about 20 yards
> above the towpath. Depending on the time of year it can be hard to see;
> it's also a steep and slippery approach so good footwear is advised. I've
> heard mixed rumors that it's located on private property, so your friend
> might want to look into this before climbing up to the cave.
> --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...> wrote:
> > Gang,
> > The artist and correspondent H F Schell did a sketch of Killing's Cave
> around the time of the battle.When it appeared in the papers, the sketch
> was titled "Killing's Cave, on the Banks of the Potomac, Near Sharpsburg,
> MD, Used as a Place of Safety During the Battle of Antietam."
> > A friend of mine was asking me where the cave was, if it can be visited
> today and what condition the cave is in.
> > If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.
> > Yr. Obt. Svt.
> > G E "Gerry" Mayers
> > "True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at
> one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels
> them--the desire to do right--is precisely the same. The circumstances
> which govern their actions change; and their conduct must conform to the
> new order of things." -- Robert E. Lee
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