Near Sandy Hook in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest
Men from the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery hauled this 9,700-pound gun tube up 1,200 vertical feet to this platform. From "200-500 men were required to haul one of these guns up the mountain."
The 100-pounder's supporting platform was the highest and widest manmade gun platform on the mountain. The gun's weight and elevation on the mountain probably made it the heaviest gun at the highest elevation east of the Mississippi during the Civil War.
Location. 39° 20.02′ N, 77° 43.314′ W. Marker is near Sandy Hook, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Hook Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch 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. Charcoal Making on Maryland Heights (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making a Mountain Citadel (approx. 0.2 miles away); 30-Pounder Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Campgrounds (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hiking Maryland Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Naval Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maryland Heights - Mountain Fortress of Harpers Ferry (approx. half a mile away); Exterior Fort (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a sketch of the gun, mounted on its pintle carriage, when fully emplaced. "The projectile for this model of Parrott rifle weighed 100 pounds - hence the name for the gun and the battery."
Regarding 100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest. 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 . . . 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. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,585 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.