Near Keedysville in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Positioned on high ground, using flags or torches waving back and forth to “talk” to each other, both armies used this new signal technology that permitted rapid communication across the battlefield. Two of their most important signal stations were here at the Pry House (headquarters station) and on Elk Ridge (mountain station), the high ground over a mile to the east. The Manual of Signals stated that with a 12-foot staff and 4-foot flag, signals “are easily read at a distance of 8 miles.”
After the battle, the Antietam Valley was described
Erected by Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 28.552′ N, 77° 42.819′ W. Marker is near Keedysville, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Shepherdstown Pike (Maryland Route 34). Touch for map. Marker is located at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville MD 21756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pry Family Upheaval (here, next to this marker); Second Army Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Fifth Army Corps (approx. half a mile away); Pry’s Mill Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pry Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hitt-Cost House (approx. 0.7 miles away); 5th Corps, 2nd Division Position (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keedysville.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker has a photograph of Gen. George McClellan and President. Abraham Lincoln. The center of the marker displays an Historic map of signal stations and troop positions and a Photograph of a Union signal station. The right side of the marker has a photograph of A surgeon’s tourniquet, bone saw and amputation knife and two portraits captioned: Gen. Israel Richardson was wounded while leading his division at Bloody Lane. His wife and sister cared for him in the upstairs bedroom for over a month before he finally succumbed to his wounds on November 3. During his visit in October, President Lincoln made a point to visit Richardson.and Dr. Jonathon Letterman was the medical director for the Union Army of the Potomac and an organizational genius. He restructured the army’s medical care in the field and established an ambulance corps
Also see . . . Pry House Field Hospital Museum. National Park Service (Submitted on February 21, 2011.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2011. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 21, 2011. 2. submitted on August 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2011. 6. submitted on August 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.