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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 10/24/2020 13:36:53 EDT
Subject: Follow-up to 6/11/2020

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Greetings Fred:

The US Army Signal Corps maintained stations of communication on the following line between Sugar Loaf Mtn and Harpers Ferry, Virginia (after July '63 - West VA).

Upper Point of Rocks - to-day known as Catoctin, MD lear Lander road.

Berlin - to-day known as Brunswick, MD, near High School summit.

Elk Mtn. - to-day known on its southern edge as Maryland Heights, MD

On occasion, especially on clear days, signal operators were known to have been able to communicate directly between the western summit of Sugar Loaf Mtn and Loudoun Hgts, VA. This would have been in the vicinity of what was then called the McClellan's gap. Today it is a swath cut for an electric power line.

Signal Corps Re-enactment Division (SCARD) associates have sighted in the Loudoun station from a lower western overlook in Sugar Loaf, with period optics, and can attest to its feasibility at being a working signal station of communication. And now, from the OR's:
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HARPER'S FERRY, August 4, 1864.

(Received 10.25 p. m.)

Colonel JAMES A. HARDIE,

Inspector-General:

Another orderly has arrived from cavalry officer at Antietam Creek; reports that [they] had a skirmish with enemy and had to fall back. Enemy crossed at Shepherdstown and Dam No. 4, with infantry, cavalry, and artillery; numbers not known. Signal officer stationed at McClellan's Gap reports that enemy crossed cavalry and had infantry on Virginia side when he left his station. This must be the signal station used by General McClellan during the battle of Antietam.

WM. SINCLAIR,

Assistant Inspector-General.
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From a point atop Maryland Heights a telegraph wire was run down the side of the hill on a course upstream to head-quarters. Signal station, Maryland Heights, also communicated a short distance due south, across the Potomac, to the station atop Loudoun Hgts. (see J.W. Brown: p. 321. for illustration).

You may wish to employ whatever combination of words in our bottom of the forum page search section to find answers to additional inquiries. Much Success! 5.5.5.

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