Sandy Hook in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Making a Mountain Citadel
"...the batteries were situated from 250 to 2,065 feet above the river and the roads leading to them very rocky, steep and crooked and barely wide enough for a wagon. Over these roads the guns, ammunition and supplies of all kind were hauled."
Timber cutting was another tedious job for the Federals. Soldiers clear-cut the upper third of the mountain to provide adequate lines of fire and supplies of wood for shelter and campfires. Lt. Charles F. Morse of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry recorded this entry on October 20, 1862, while commanding a detachment of 100 tree-choppers:
"We began our labor at the bottom of a ravine and worked up a steep hill. Sometimes there would be as many as twenty or thirty fine trees falling at once; they reminded me of men falling in battle, that same dead, helpless fall."
Your perseverance to reach the summit was almost
"I showed the way until we got to a path where it was right straight up, when Lincoln backed out. I think it must have reminded him of a little story about a very steep place; at any rate around they turned and went down the mountain."
Location. 39° 20.031′ N, 77° 43.505′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Hook Road. 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charcoal Making on Maryland Heights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hiking Maryland Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); 30-Pounder Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Naval Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War Campgrounds Maryland Heights - Mountain Fortress of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Exploring Maryland Heights (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a drawing depicting soldiers man-handling an artillery piece up the mountain road. On the upper right is a wartime photograph of "President Lincoln at Antietam, on October 4, 1862, two days after the reviewed the troops here on Maryland Heights."
Regarding Making a Mountain Citadel. 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 . . .
1. Maryland Heights. National Park Service details about the heights and the hiking trail. (Submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 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 January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.