Signal Knob

Signal Knob (HM9UI)

Location: Strasburg, VA 22657 Shenandoah County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.199', W 78° 21.773'

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Signal Knob, the northernmost point of Three Top Mountain, overlooks Strasburg and is 2110 ft. above sea level. During the Civil War, both sides used it as a signal station, but the Confederate signal corps occupied it almost continuously from 1862 to 1864. On October 19, 1864, Confederates there observed Union positions and directed the opening attack of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Other signal stations were established at Ashby Gap (east of Winchester), Burnt Springs (south in Fort Valley), Harmony Hollow (near Front Royal), and New Market Gap. Special signal flags, lanterns, and telescopes were used to communicate from one peak to another.

On August 14, 1864, Union troops attacked a detachment of the 61st Georgia Infantry and temporarily occupied the station. Each side suffered ten casualties. Years later, Mary Ashley Townsend found a grave on Massanutten Mountain and wrote a poem, "The Georgia Volunteer":

Roll, Shenandoah, proudly roll
Adown thy rocky glen;
Above thee lies the grace of one
Of Stonewall Jackson's men.
Beneath the cedar and the pine
In solitude austere,
Unknown, unnamed, forgotten, lies
A Georgia volunteer.


Sidebar: Many local men served in Co. A (Strasburg Guard), 10th Virginia Infantry, during the war. Its captain, Joshua Stover (later a major), died at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. After the war, Confederate veterans gathered the remains of soldiers into the Presbyterian Cemetery and in 1896 dedicated an obelisk, which stands to your left. "In memory of our Fallen Comrades, Numbering 136." The Presbyterian Church, built in 1830, served as a hospital throughout the war after Dr. William J. Upshaw established one there in 1862. Later, Federals used the church as a hospital before relocating to Winchester.
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HM NumberHM9UI
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 728412 N 4318603
Decimal Degrees38.98665000, -78.36288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.199', W 78° 21.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 11.94" N, 78° 21' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-308 S Holliday St, Strasburg VA 22657, US
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