Stone Fort

Stone Fort (HM2RY)

Location: Knoxville, MD 21758 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 20.542', W 77° 43.12'

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To command Maryland Heights' highest point, the Federals built this massive foundation, called the Stone Fort in the winter of 1862-63.

Union engineers designed this defense as an infantry blockhouse to ward off Confederate attack along the crest. The Northerners completed the blockhouse foundation but never constructed a superstructure. By September, 1863, the Union garrison had transformed the Stone Fort into a commissary and storage area.

During an inspection by Brig. Gen. Max Weber in April 1864, the Stone Fort was described as "surrounded with a wall of solid stone, containing rations for five thousand men, [and] only covered with boards." - a practical but unfitting use for this imposing structure.
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HM NumberHM2RY
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 8:23am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265707 N 4358295
Decimal Degrees39.34236667, -77.71866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 20.542', W 77° 43.12'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 20' 32.52" N, 77° 43' 7.20" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1215 Hoffmaster Rd, Knoxville MD 21758, US
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