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Reisterstown in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Colonel William Norris


Colonel William Norris (1820-1896) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, August 12, 2007
1. Colonel William Norris (1820-1896) Marker
Inscription.  Chief of the Confederate States Army Signal Corps and Secret Service Bureau, 1862–1865. Appointed Commissioner of Prisoner Exchange with rank of Colonel in April 1865. The Norris Home, “Bookland,” stood 2½ miles south of this spot. His grave is located in All Saints Cemetery, 1 mile northeast.
Erected by Maryland Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Baltimore County Historical Society and Maryland Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1865.
Location. 39° 27.859′ N, 76° 49.859′ W. Marker is in Reisterstown, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is at the intersection of Cockey’s Mill Road and Reisterstown Road (Route 140), on the right when traveling east on Cockey’s Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Reisterstown MD 21136, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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flies. Oldest High School in Baltimore County (within shouting distance of this marker); John and Margaret Reister (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Buffalo Soldiers” (about 500 feet away); Railroad Ave (approx. one mile away); Glyndon Station (approx. one mile away); Hannah More Academy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Glyndon (approx. 1.1 miles away); Original Cornerstone of the Franklin Senior High School (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reisterstown.
Also see . . .  Major Wm. Norris - CSO and Head of Confederate States Secret Service. Using the search feature at this site, you will see how Major Norris and his fledgling signal service met the government and military communication needs of the Confederacy. (Submitted on September 19, 2007, by Walt Mathers of Marley Creek, Maryland.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,910 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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