War Department Observation Tower

War Department Observation Tower (HMDO0)

Location: Keedysville, MD 21756 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 28.16', W 77° 44.16'

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This tower was built by the War Department in 1896 as part of the early development efforts by the U.S. military to create an open-air classroom at Antietam. The War Department also placed cannon, built roads and fences. They interviewed Antietam veterans and created over 200 detailed battle tablets like the ones here at the tower. The War Department established five National Military Parks in the 1890s - Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga-Chattanooga, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. The five parks were transferred to the National Park Service in 1933 in an effort to consolidate public lands.
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HM NumberHMDO0
Year Placed2009
Placed ByAntietam National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:23pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264640 N 4372434
Decimal Degrees39.46933333, -77.73600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 28.16', W 77° 44.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 28' 9.60" N, 77° 44' 9.60" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1800 Bloody Ln, Keedysville MD 21756, US
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