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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 11/08/2015 10:18:44 EDT|
Subject: Signalists Atop Elk Mountain, 1862
Thanks for photo link offering of the LoC image. It appears that this is the station (or one of them) on what the locals call Red Hill. It shouldn't be confused with the permanent US Army signal camp of instruction that was established on Georgetown Heights, District of Columbia - also referred to as Red Hill. No one locally refers to it as Elk Mountain, but perhaps it was later identified as such by signalmen (and perhaps others) to keep from confusing it with the Sig CoI at Georgetown, DC.
If we notice, the ridge of South Mountain is visible behind the signal party. Looking in a northeasterly direction, you would have seen another signal station atop the reduced to 1/2 size, the Washington Monument, beyond the the left of the image.
Notice the make up of the party; there are three commissioned officers, and what appear to be six enlisted men along with three negro servant boys (one for each officer).
What else can you see in this image that may be worthy of note?