RE: [TalkAntietam] Confederate Signal Stations: local geography and map comment request
Yes, the ANV HQ was on high ground, the ridge west of Sharpsburg, and
thus a logical site for Lee's communication network. The Lutheran
Church was used for observation and signalling, hence its shell-damaged
appearance in Gardner's photo. It too sat high on the ridge, and the
cemetery around it caused Carman to refer to the place as Cemetery Hill,
much to the chagrin of Gettysburg folks. :-)
>>> bdowney@... 12/5/2005 12:34:10 PM >>>Thanks Gerry,
I'll look into Taylor - it will be good to see his sources.
I agree on the Lutheran Church site - I've seen several references to
that, and Dave mentioned it too.
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> Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Confederate Signal Stations: local
> geography and map comment request
> From: "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> Date: Mon, December 05, 2005 12:00 pm
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> According to a map in Walter Taylor's book about Lee and his
> Virginia during the War, a map of Sharpsburg shows all the signalstations,
> both CS and US. Interesting to note there is supposedly a signalstation
> shown at location of ANV HQ.original
> I believe also there was a signal station atop the cupola of the
> Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, which was heavily damaged by artilleryfire.
> Very respectfully,
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
> "As an American citizen I prize the Union very highly
> and know of no personal sacrifice that I would not make
> to preserve it, save that of honour."
> --Robt. E. Lee, Letter to Rooney Lee, 3 December 1860
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The friend I mentioned is a mutual friend of yours: Brad Forbush
bradleyandsue@.... He said the two of you were members of
the Pasadena Civil War Round Table, and gave five talks on the 13th
MA. He was wondering if you still remember his as a "13th MA guy."
Anyway, here's what he wrote. I'll see you at the battlefield on
one of the hikes.
"I have several references to Camp Jackson. That was the 13th Mass.
camp in Williamsport. Oct - Feb. I tried to find the exact spot
two years ago when I traveled to Williamsport, but I think I-81 runs
through it today. I haven't followed up on that yet though with the
Hagerstown Library. I have a book that states the 13th Mass Camped
in the Bowery Woods on Springfield Farm. That is the farm of
Revolutionary War Hero Otho Williams. (I believe his name is
Otho.) I believe his house and barn still stand and are marked as
an historic site in Williamsport, but I don't know specifically
where the Bowery woods were."
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Scott Hann"
> Hi Stephen,
> This weekend I was contacted by a historian who is writing a new
> regimental history of the 13th MA. I'll drop him a line and see
> knows where your camp is at. In the meantime, did you check thenot
> regimental history by Charles E. Davis? Also, the veterans of the
> regiment published annual "circulars" which include information
> found in the regimental history. Give me the name of your soldierand
> I'll see what I can find. And if he was a member of Company Bchances
> are I have a photograph of him.