Burkittsville in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sept. 14 - 62 - 96
To the Army Correspondents
and Artists 1861-65
Whose toils cheered the fireside
Educated provinces of rustics into
a bright nation of readers
and gave incentive to narrate
distant wars and explore dark lands.
O wondrous youth
Through this grand ruth
Runs my boy's life, its thread
The General's fame, the battle's name
The rolls of maimed and dead
I bear with my thrilled soul astir
And lonely thoughts and fears
And am but history's courier
To bind the conquering years
A battle's ray, through ages gray
To light to deeds sublime
And flash the lustre of my day
Down all the aisles of time
War Correspondent Ballad - 1865
Directory of Army Correspondent Memorial
Governor Lloyd Lowndee George Alfred Townsend John Hay Richard C. McCormick Edmund C. Stedman Henry Watterson
J.A. Becker H. Bensancon F. Beard A. Berghaus C.E. H. Bonuill A. McCallum S.S. Davis W.R. McComas F. Dielman E.F. Mullen G. Ellsbury Fred Shell S. Fox W.L. Sheppard C.E. Hillen J.S. Trexler E.B. Hough G.F. Williams J.F. Laycock W. Waud
P.W. Alexander Geo. Perry Durant Daponte Jas. B. Sener F.g. DeFontaine W. Shepardson D.C. Jenkins Henry Watterson Geo. W. Olney
M.B. Brady F.H. Mason W.T. Crane Larkin G. Mead F.O.C. Darley Henry Mosler Theo. P. Davis Frank Shell Ed. Forbes Dav. H. Strother J. S. Jewett Alfred Waud Henry Lovi J.E. Taylor
( Not Seen Today )
Arthur Lumley H. Vizzitelly Finley Anderson J.N. Ashley Adam Badean T. Barnard Geo. W. Beman H. Bentley W.D. Bickham A.H. Bodman Geo. C. Bower Geo. C. Bower J.H. Browne S.T. Buckley A.H. Byington S. Cadwallader S.M. Carpenter T.M. Cash F.G. Chapman E.P. Church G.W.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Landmarks • Notable Places • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 39° 24.346′ N, 77° 38.355′ W. Marker is in Burkittsville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Gapland Road near Arnoldstown Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkittsville MD 21718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First New Jersey Brigade (here, next to this marker); Cramptons Pass Tablet C.P. 1 (here, next to this marker); Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws' Command (here, next to this marker); Cramptons Pass Tablet C.P. 3 (here, next to this marker); Sixth Army Corps (here, next to this marker); The Battle of South Mountain (a few steps from this marker); War Correspondents Memorial Arch (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Crampton's Gap (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkittsville.
Regarding War Correspondents. The book George Alfred Townsend describes the monument:
In appearance the monument is quite odd. It is fifty feet high and forty feet broad. Above a Moorish arch sixteen feet high built of Hummelstown purple stone are super-imposed three
heads, and symbolic terra cotta statuettes of Mercury, Electricity and Poetry. Tables under the horses' heads bear the suggestive words "Speed" and "Heed"; the heads are over the Roman arches. The three Roman arches are made of limestone from Creek Battlefield,
Virginia, and each is nine feet high and six feet wide. These arches represent Description, Depiction and Photography. The aforementioned tower contains a statue of Pan with the traditional pipes, and he is either half drawing or sheathing a Roman sword. Over a small turret on the opposite side of the tower is a gold vane of a pen bending a sword. At various places on the monument are quotations appropriate to the art of war correspondence. These are from a great variety of sources beginning with Old Testament verses. Perhaps the most striking feature of all are the tablets inscribed with the names of 157 correspondents and war artists who saw and described in narrative and picture almost all the events of the tour years of the war. ( Wikipedia; Gathland State Park )
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . The Civil War Correspondents Memorial Arch. Astride the ridge known as South Mountain, near Burkittsville at Crampton's Gap, lies Gathland State Park.The unusual monument was dedicated by Governor Lloyd Lowndes on October 16, 1896, and in 1904 was turned over to the National Park Service to be maintained as a National Monument. (Submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,359 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4, 5. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on July 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 8. submitted on December 13, 2010, by Alexander Tasi of Annapolis, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.