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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 10/06/2010 09:57:32 EDT
Subject: Md Hgts to Fairfax - Xtmsn Times

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The Maryland - Virginia Crossover into DC

Tom,

Once the msg was put up at the Sugarloaf station (which was situated on the peak of the western-most summit atop a raised platform above the treeline) it went east toward the Potomac River and into Poolesville.

If the day was too hazy to send the flag message between these two points, it may have first gone through the intermediate flag station at Barnesville. At present, we know very little about the exact location of this point.

Once reaching Poolesville, the message was either sent via electric telegraph into Washington City, sent across the Potomac to Lanesville/Guilford Sta, and on to Fairfax, or both.

It is believed that foot messengers would have ferried despatches between the top of Little Pony Mountain east of the Vestal Pike at Lanesville and the Guilford Station a few hundred yards to the west of the hill - but the jury is still out on this set up until we run across a yet disclosed diary or report.

Hope this helps a bit more.

Walt

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