Near Lappans in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Forts Facing Forts
(Quote 1): “[T]heir line of works ... were by far the strongest I have seen yet; evidently laid out by engineers and built as if they meant to stand a month’s siege. The parapet was a good six feet wide on top, and the guns, which were very thick, were all placed so as to get a perfect cross fire.” —Col. Charles S. Wainwright, U.S. Army, July 14, 1863
(Quote 2): “ There is a difference between the people of Maryland and those of Pennsylvania. A man of some fifty or more stood looking at our men pull down the fences to start their breastworks. ... Having a fellow-feeling for the owner as a brother farmer, I spoke to the man and said it was hard on the owner of the land to destroy his crops and fences so. ‘Oh,’ says he, ‘you
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 33.192′ N, 77° 44.26′ W. Marker is near Lappans, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 65) and Lappans Road (Route 68), on the right when traveling south on Shepherdstown Pike. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for a gas station in the Southwest corner of Jones’ Crossroads. Marker is in this post office area: Boonsboro MD 21713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones’ Crossroads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Council of War (approx. 1.8 miles away); Booth’s Mill Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Roxbury Mills Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Rose's Mill Bridge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Claggett’s Millrace Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Claggett's Mill Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away).
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Also see . . . Battle Summary: Williamsport, MD. (Submitted on August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
As far as this writer can determine none of the earthworks built during the war are still visible or accessible from public roads. Perhaps the farmers, such as the one mentioned by Col. Wainwright, were able to quickly repair the damage and return the land to a peaceful guise.
— Submitted August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Additional keywords. Gettysburg Campaign
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,629 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.