Re: Christ Reformed Church, Middletown, MD (was: Conf. signal station)
I live a block from the Lutheran Church (and recently joined the
church). I see the plaque every week, but never looked that
closely. I went up the other night to re-read it, and as I
recalled...it mentions only the use as a hospital, and nothing about
as a signal station.
I tapped into that discussion group to see the chatter on the topic.
Do feel free to post the question (who can document whether it was
the Lutheran or Reformed steeple used as a signal station in the
Antietam and Gettysburg campaigns?) to see what the response would be.
Thanks for the help.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Brian Downey" <bdowney@...>
> Hi Jeff, all,
> I've just twigged to a related discussion about this on the SCARD
> Signal Corps (http://www.cwoodcock.com/forum/db_TalkToMeV2.cgi)
> discussion group. One of the posters there remembers seeing
> plaque", probably on the Lutheran Church in Middletown, presumablyhistory
> attesting to the use as a signal station in 1862.
> This can't be that hard to verify. Is there such a plaque? If so,
> what does it say?
> I'll certainly be up that way at least once in September, and could
> stop in, but perhaps someone living closer than I could verify this
> --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "jeffcowvplanning"
> <jeffcowvplanning@> wrote:
> > Stephen...
> > I am the one researching Middletown for an anticipated local
> > of the town and how it was impacted by the war.the
> > I would love to get a copy of the two postcards you mention for
> > book. I wish I could find authentication of the claims that itwas
> > used ty McClellan and the signal corps, as I can find none. But,the
> > local lore seems hard and fast, and goes back a long time.card
> > I will get a copy of your CD. Thanks for mentioning it to me.
> > I don't know your direct email address. Please email me at
> > bockmiller at adelphia dot net.
> > Thanks.
> > Steve Bockmiller
> > Middletown
> > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I am not sure who it is that is doing all of the research on
> > > Middletown, but I just got back from a postcard show with a
> > thatChurch,
> > > has a photo of a church with this heading: Christ Reformed
> > > Middletown, MD. Ge. McClellan was in the steeple with signalcorps
> > > during Battle of South Mountain-Church used as hospital duringand
> > > after battle.They
> > >
> > > If you wish to copy this for your book, contact me directly.
> > also1872.
> > > has a nice real photo postcard of Main Street Middletown from
> > Inew
> > > can direct you to them if you wish.
> > >
> > > BTW (shameless plug) I bought this postcard to include in my
> > > CD-ROM: Antietam Artifacts - Early Postcards of the Marylandfor
> > Campaign
> > > of 1862. You can get it in the visitor center at Antietam.
> > >
> > > Stephen
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Monday, January 9, 2006, at 09:05 PM, jeffcowvplanning wrote:
> > >
> > > > On the other hand local lore (yes...take it for what you paid
> > it)speculated
> > > > implies the Reformed Church, with local lore that McClellan
> > observed
> > > > part of the battle from the Reformed Church steeple. I
> > > > (with no evidence) that if the Lutheran Church was being usedas
> > thewould
> > > > primary hospital in town the day before and of the battle,
> > thehoused at
> > > > signal corps use it if the bell deck in the steeple at the
> > Reformed
> > > > Church was about the same elevation and fewer casualties
> > > > the Reformed Church?
> > >
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.