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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 03/04/2010 09:01:33 EDT
Subject: RE: Confederate SC at Manassas

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Tom,

I agree with Joe (and you) that the sketch map in Brown was attempting to show "Signal Hill," the location of Porter Alexander's "control" station, in connection with Elcon Jones' site at the Stone Bridge crossing Bull Run. (Jones, on detail as a signal-trainee from the 17th Virginia Infantry, later became one of the "first captains" and served as CSO to Lieut Gen E.K. Smith, cmdg, Trans-Miss Dept. There's a report that a shell passed through the tent of the signalmen at the bridge, so flag-waving may have attracted Union attention.)

A monument (subscribed and erected thanks to honcho and master of ceremony Steve Siemsen and members of our merry band) was placed at the foot of the hill and dedicated in a ceremony on the morning of 21 Jul 1996, the 135th anniversary, with reenactment of Alexander's critical warning flagged from the summit. West-facing (public) side of the monument recounts the circumstances of the warning message; other sides are memorial to the signalmen of the war. (Account in October 1996 issue of "The Civil War News," p. 27.)

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