Sandy Hook in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Typical of such breastworks, these lines consisted of a thick, dry-laid stone wall that stood about breast high. A mounded, earthen embankment covered the north side of each wall. Along the base ran a shallow ditch. Described as a "double line of rifle-pits," these embankments provided protection for soldiers firing toward the north.
The opening here in the south breastwork is the only entrance into the Exterior Fort. About 20 feet south are stone remains of the blockhouse which guarded this entrance.
Location. 39° 20.488′ N, 77° 43.207′ 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 Interior Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone Fort (about 500 feet away); Civil War Campgrounds (approx. ¼ mile away); Charcoal Making on Maryland Heights (approx. half a mile away); 100 - Pounder Battery - Heaviest and Highest (approx. half a mile away); Making a Mountain Citadel (approx. 0.6 miles away); 30-Pounder Battery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hiking Maryland Heights (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. On the lower portion of the marker is a map of "Defenses of Maryland Heights, by Maj. Nathaniel Michler, from August through September 1863. The Exterior Fort, with its extensive parallel walls, is located next to the Stone Fort.
Regarding Exterior Fort. 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 (Submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • 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 1,321 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.