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Near Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Federal Signal Station

 
 
The Federal Signal Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 9, 2007
1. The Federal Signal Station Marker
Inscription. near this point was captured Oct. 10, 1862 by a detachment of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart's Cavalry. On clear days this station could communicate with stations on South Mountain which relayed messages via Catoctin Mt. to Sugar Loaf Mt. to Washington, D.C.
 
Erected by State Roads Commission.
 
Location. 39° 38.753′ N, 77° 58.124′ W. Marker is near Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Historic National Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is on an old National Road alignment which arcs off from the the current alignment - most maps do not show this as an actual road. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. J. E. B. Stuartís Cavalry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lancelot Jacques (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Frederick (approx. 1.9 miles away); Vital Crossroads (approx. 1.9 miles away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Frederick
This Marker and Unknown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 9, 2007
2. This Marker and Unknown Marker
This may be a Civil War Trails marker is awaiting an inset.
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Clear Spring (approx. 2.1 miles away); A Road Nurtures A Vision (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
 
More about this marker. The height of Fairview Mountain continues to make this an important location for communications, as illustrated by the tower atop it.

A service station, which appears to have been converted into a private residence, remains from the days when automobiles, traveling the National Road, would have had trouble climbing up an incline such as this.

The tablet also remains here from a more recent marker, but the text is missing.
 
Additional keywords. "National Road"
 
Categories. CommunicationsRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Marker was removed for maintenance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
3. Marker was removed for maintenance
Marker removed for maintenance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
4. Marker removed for maintenance
Two Alignments image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 9, 2007
5. Two Alignments
The older alignment of the National Road, with wire guard rails, on the left, and the newer one, on the right. The marker is to the left.
Old Service Station image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, September 9, 2007
6. Old Service Station
This old service station is now a private residence. The concrete island in front of the house once held gas pumps.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on February 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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