Sandy Hook in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A four-sided earthwork forms the dominant feature of this battery. Protecting its exterior slope is a dry moat - the widest, longest, and most uniform moat on the mountain. 30-pounder Parrotts were standard armament here.
Location. 39° 19.895′ N, 77° 43.439′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Hook Road. Click for map. Located on the Stone Fort Trail loop of Maryland Heights in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville MD 21758, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Making a Mountain Citadel (approx. 0.2 miles away); 100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hiking Maryland Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charcoal Making on Maryland Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Naval Battery (approx. ¼ mile Exploring Maryland Heights (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maryland Heights - Mountain Fortress of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harpers Ferry - Changes through Time (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a depiction of the battery's interior.
On the left is the "30-Pounder Battery Plan." It reads, "George Kaiser's January 1863 illustration of the 30-pounder Battery shows many features of the earthwork." Key points indicated on the plan are the dry moat, rampart, gun platform, and magazine.
On the lower left is a side view of "A 30-pounder Parrott rifle on siege carriage, typical of a gun mounted here." Specifications for the gun given are: Bore diameter: 4.2", Length of tube: 136", Weight of tube: 4200 lbs., Weight of projectile: 29 lbs., Range: 2200 yards (1 1/4-mile).
Regarding 30-Pounder Battery. This marker is one of a set along the National Park Service's trail to the top of Maryland Heights. You can see the other markers in this set through the Maryland Heights Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Maryland Heights. National Park Service details about the heights and the hiking trail. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Maryland Heights Virtual Tour by Markers. A set of markers relating the history of Maryland Heights in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. (Submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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