Stronghold in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Signalman’s Lot
—Antietam Campaign 1862 —
On September 5, 1862, only Lt. Brinkerhoff “Brink” Miner and his aide Pvt. A.H. Cook manned the signal station. After signaling the invasion of the Confederate army to Darnestown and Point of Rocks, they made a hasty retreat down the mountain but decided to return the next morning. They ran headfirst into the 1st North Carolina Cavalry and took advantage of mutual surprise to turn around and escape, capturing a Confederate courier who had ridden out ahead of the troopers.
Later, the Confederates caught up with the group four miles toward Urbana at the home of a young woman friend of Miner. As they were dragged outside and searched, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart rode up and told
(Sidebar) Quarters were probably located below the summit on the west side near where a small stone fort (constructed in the 1930s) is located today. The station itself was located below the stone fort where the road to the summit meets the loop road at a circle.
Erected by Maryland Civl War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 15.098′ N, 77° 23.602′ W. Marker is in Stronghold, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Comus Road (Maryland Route 95) and Sugarloaf Mountain Road, on the right on Comus Road. Click for map. Adjacent to the entrance to Sugarloaf Mountain Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Loaf Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnesville (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Barnesville (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mt. Ephraim Crossroads (approx. 2.3 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.5 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.5 miles away); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx. 2.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker features a drawing of an encampment at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, along with portraits of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Lt. Brink Miner. An Antietam campaign map details unit movements and other Civil War Trails sites.
Also see . . .
1. Sugarloaf Mountain Park.
2. Signal Corps Resources.
3. Short History of Signal Corps Operations from the War.
4. Animated Signal Alphabet.
1. Stronghold, Incorporated
The park is maintained by Stronghold, Incorporated, a non-profit organization formed in 1946 by Gordon Strong with the aim to preserve the mountain and Stronghold Mansion for public enjoyment.
2. Might Have Been.....
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once had an eye to acquire the mountain as a presidential retreat, but was unable to secure an agreement. Instead he chose a location on South Mountain, near Thurmont, MD which he named Shangri-La, and has become popularly known as Camp David from the 1950s onward.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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