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Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Signal Knob

How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
1. Signal Knob Marker
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Massanutten Mountain
Directly ahead of you is Massanutten Mountain. Its highest point on the northern tip (Signal Knob) served as a strategic observation post and signal station for both sides during the Civil War. A war dispatch from Strasburg reached Richmond within an hour by using wig-wags (signal flags) to send a message from Signal Knob to successive signal stations along the length of Massanutten Mountain to the New Market telegraph station.

Massanutten Mountain, which dominates the south and east of Hupp's Hill, is actually a 50-mile-long system of interlocking ridges that split the Valley corridor in two. With only one major gap across Massanutten Mountain (near New Market), the ridges comprised a near-impenetrable wall that affected tactical maneuvering during both the 1862 and 1864 Valley Campaigns.

Valley Pike
Your approach to the trail was via U.S. Highway 11, which essentially follows one of the most historic roads in America. Originally called the Warrior's Path, the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road led colonial settlers into the back country
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
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as far south as the Carolinas.

The roadbed was later covered with a surface of crushed gravel and cement (macadam). By 1840 the "Valley Pike" stretched from Winchester to Staunton and was renowned as the first all-weather highway west of the Blue Ridge. Travelers were astonished by the clear 3-mile views along portions of this well-engineered route, which operated as a toll road until the early 20th century. Like Massanutten Mountain, the Pike and its network of auxiliary roads shaped local troop movements during both Valley Campaigns.
 
Erected by Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. (Marker Number CWK 10.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Strasburg, How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 39° 0.009′ N, 78° 20.973′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles west of Signal Knob Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33231 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Strasburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail Head (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Cave (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Natural Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Crystal Caverns Mine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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