Washington Monument

Washington Monument (HM3E)

Location: Boonsboro, MD 21713 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 30.879', W 77° 39.453'

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Signal Station

— Antietam Campaign 1862 —

During the Antietam Campaign, the U.S. Signal Corps used the stone structure in front of you and to your left as a signal station. On July 4, 1827, citizens of the town of Boonsboro paraded to the top of the mountain here and began building this first monument in the country completed in honor of George Washington. On September 14, 1862, as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and his staff entered Boonsboro during the Battle of South Mountain, Lt. Col. E.P. Alexander observed "a small party of people on what seemed to be some sort of tower on the mountain top." Thinking they were Union signalers, Alexander led a squad of eight men up to investigate, but found them to be only some local citizens trying to get a better view of the combat. Federal signalmen did use the monument afterward, however, and during the Battle of Antietam three days later.

The two armies revisited this valley in 1863 during the Confederate retreat after the Battle of Gettysburg. They sparred across Washington County, July 5-14, fighting at Boonsboro, Funkstown, and Hagerstown.
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HM NumberHM3E
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 271538 N 4377262
Decimal Degrees39.51465000, -77.65755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 30.879', W 77° 39.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 30' 52.74" N, 77° 39' 27.18" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 502 N Main St, Boonsboro MD 21713, US
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