Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Confederate Signal Stations: local geography and map comment request
Jeff's question deals more with the churches in Middletown, Maryland, on the
National Turnpike heading towards Turner's Gap, not Sharpsburg.
I think the use of the Lutheran Church as a signal or artillery observation
platform is fairly well documented.
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
----- Original Message -----
From: "flagflop" <flagflop@...>
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 10:48 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Confederate Signal Stations: local geography and
map comment request
> I wouldn't let the matter of concurrent use as hospital sway me one way or
> the other--it's surprising to me (based on our current attitudes toward
> tactical use of "off-limits" facilities, such as churches, hospitals) to
> see a lack of such consideration during the Civil War--e.g., the Lutheran
> Church in Sharpsburg. That would be like tolerating a field arty forward
> observer, otherwise seemingly fair game for sharp shooter or arty.
> Perhaps in local records or signal documents (including letters, diaries)
> there will be a clue. Beyond that, I can't fault your reasoning.
> Dave G.
> --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "jeffcowvplanning"
> <jeffcowvplanning@y...> wrote:
>> Dave and Tom...
>> The most prominent steeple is the Lutheran, so that would make the
>> most sense. But I think the bell areas of both churches are roughly
>> on the same level, but location could be an issue.
>> On the other hand local lore (yes...take it for what you paid for it)
>> implies the Reformed Church, with local lore that McClellan observed
>> part of the battle from the Reformed Church steeple. I speculated
>> (with no evidence) that if the Lutheran Church was being used as the
>> primary hospital in town the day before and of the battle, would the
>> signal corps use it if the bell deck in the steeple at the Reformed
>> Church was about the same elevation and fewer casualties housed at
>> the Reformed Church?
>> I plan to study the issue a bit more, but am being converted to the
>> Lutheran Church way of thinking.
>> Thanks for the input. If you ever find the smoking gun, please let
>> me know!
>> --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "flagflop" flagflop@y... wrote:
>> > Steve,
>> > Union signal people describe the prominent steeple. Would this
>> limit to one of the two?
>> > Dave Gaddy
>> > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "jeffcowvplanning"
>> jeffcowvplanning@y... wrote:
>> > >
>> > > Roommates:
>> > >
>> > > Speaking about signal towers...does anyone have any documentation
>> > > regarding whether it was the Lutheran or the Reformed Church that
>> > > used by the AotP in Middletown during the 1862, 63 and 64
>> > >
>> > > I speculate that it was the Reformed church...as it sat on higher
>> > > ground, and wasn't initially being used as a hospital by the
>> > > Department like the Lutheran Church was.
>> > >
>> > > But...this is speculation...I have not found a shred of
>> > > one way or the other.
>> > >
>> > > Anybody have any smoking guns for me on this question?
>> > >
>> > > Thanks.
>> > > Steve Bockmiller
>> > >
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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.