Key Observation PostSignal 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:42am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 728412 N 4318603|
|Decimal Degrees||38.98665000, -78.36288333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 59.199', W 78° 21.773'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 59' 11.94" N, 78° 21' 46.38" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 300-308 S Holliday St, Strasburg VA 22657, US|
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