Fantastic information! I am quite surprised to learn that the cabin stood approximately a century on such a prominent part of the battlefield without appearing in more photographs; but the surprise of its absence from more photos subsided somewhat when I realize that there are few significant photographic works detailing that portion of the Sunken Road during that period (the fine new collection of photographs on the redesigned NPS site notwithstanding).
Thank you, Brian Baracz, Gerry Mayers and Ron Dickey.
Very Best Regards,
> wrote: To expand this thread a littleâ¦.
The NPS Historical Handbook Series No. 31 (1960, revised 1961) has an
excellent picture on p. 33 of the cabin Brian Baracz identified as the
Lowman Cabin built around 1873. This photo is online at
It is looking NW down Bloody Lane toward the intersection with the
Roulette Farm Lane. The photo is identified as "Sunken Road in 1877"
and is a similar view to the old (circa 1900) B&W the NPS has posted
to their new website and caused this thread to start. This Handbook
photo provides a very clear view of the Lowman Cabin and its location
north of Blody Lane on what has sometimes been referred to as
Kimball's Knoll where today is located several Union monuments (130th
PA Inf, 14th Conn Inf., 5th MD Inf., 14th Ind Inf., 1st Del Inf., and
5th MD Inf. Cos A & I). There is also a companion Handbook photo
identified as "The same view today." But, the "today" view is earlier
than 1961 when the booklet was revised.
There is also posted under the "Antique Postcard" link, a postcard,
titled "Old Bloody Lane," with a similar view but after 1904 since the
132nd PA Inf.'s monument is present. Try
and click on "View this album as a slide show" and then click on "06".
I can't get it to work by clicking directly on the slideâ¦ one aspect
NPS doesn't have working yet.
Now from this album slide show, click on "03". This is named "Bloody
Lane 3" and shows the lane as photographed from the observation tower,
probably taken between 1900 and 1904. The Lowman Cabin is clearly
visible as is what appears to be the 14th Conn Inf.'s monument north
of the Cabin. It is taken before 1904 because the 132nd PA Inf.
Monument is not in place SE of the Roulette Lane intersection and
after 1900 because I "believe" I can make out a white spot where the
Old Vermont Brigade Monument would be. This photo is most interesting
because if you continue west from the Lowman Cabin to where Mumma Lane
would intersect Bloody Lane there is a second cabin, this one south of
Bloody Lane. This might be the cabin Gerry M. was referring to as
having been built by Henry Piper for his former slaves. Refer to pp.
228 and 229 of "Too Afraid to Cry." These pages talk about Jerry
Summers, a former slave, choosing to stay with Henry Piper. The
reference says, "When Henry died, Summers and his wife, Susan, were
rewarded for their loyalty with a cabin and garden plot near Bloody
Lane." There's also a photo of Jerry on p. 228. Perhaps Brian B. or
others that really know the battle park history could confirm that
this was a second cabin built on Bloody Lane after the war.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, RoteBaron@... wrote:
> It's along Bloody Lane to the north of Roulette Farm entrance.
> Antietam NPS has online map (PDF file) of monument locations at:
> Tom Shay
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> > Dear Tom,
> > Thanks much!!! Where is the monument in relation to the Observation
> > Tower?
> > 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
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Tom Shay"
> > To:
> > Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 8:29 PM
> > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] House in question
> > > Details on the 130th PA monument at available via VirtualAntietam.
> > >
> > > I hope this URL gets you to the right spot:
> > > http://www.virtualantietam.com/monuments/detail.cfm?curMon=100sr
> > >
> > > Tom Shay
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "G E Mayers"
> > > To:
> > > Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 6:40 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] House in question
> > >
> > >
> > >> Brian,
> > >>
> > >> Where is the monument to the 130th PA Volunteer Infantry? There is
> > >> a
> > >> Penna Volunteer Infantry on the north side of the Sunken Road, but
> > >> IIRC, that is to the 132nd PVI and was originally supposed to be
> > >> emplaced at Fredericksburg.
> > >>
> > >> 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
> > >> ----- Original Message -----
> > >> From: "fore.again"
> > >> To:
> > >> Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 5:52 PM
> > >> Subject: [TalkAntietam] House in question
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> >A recent question to the group asked about a structure in the
> > >> > background of a photo posted on the NPS Antietam site. Albert
> > >> > Kern
> > >> > visited the battlefield numerous times and took many great
> > >> > pictures
> > >> > during the early 1900's. One of his images of the Sunken Road
> > >> > shows
> > >> > a man standing in the road and in the background is a house on
> > >> > the
> > >> > crest of a hill right on the Sunknen Road. The house in question
> > >> > is
> > >> > that of Henry Lowman. Lowman bought the land from the Mumma
> > >> > Family
> > >> > in 1873 and built the home that is in the picture. It was
> > >> > removed
> > >> > by the park in the late 1970's or early 80's because it was not
> > >> > there during the battle.
> > >> > It has been discovered that the Mumma Family owned quite a
> > >> > land,even tracts that are west of Maryland Route 65. The Mummas
> > >> > did own the land on which the 130 PA monument sits today, which
> > >> > is
> > >> > also where the Lowman Cabin once stood.
> > >> > The park has no doubt that the building in this picture is that
> > >> > of
> > >> > the Lowman Cabin.
> > >> >
> > >> > Best,
> > >> > Brian Baracz
> > >> > Antietam National Battlefield
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