A View into the Past

A View into the Past (HM1592)

Location: Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.222', W 77° 47.985'

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This Civil War era photograph offers a glimpse into the two Shepherdstown communities that grew up along the river. The stone pilings in this photograph were all that remained of the covered bridge burned by Confederate troops led by Stonewall Jackson in 1861.

The river crossing was an important commercial stop along the C&O canal route. Canal boats left the lock on the Maryland side and navigated across the river to West Virginia. Once loaded with cement, flour, or grain they resumed their journey along the canal.

I was with the company that set fire to [the bridge], and when, in the glare of the burning timbers, I saw the glowing windows in my home on the hill beyond the river [I] knew my father was a stockholder in the property that I was helping to destroy.
- Henry Kyd Douglas, from his book, I Rode with Stonewall. Douglas's father lived at Ferry Hill, the residence that still stands on the hill overlooking this scene.
HM NumberHM1592
Placed ByChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259044 N 4369017
Decimal Degrees39.43703333, -77.79975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.222', W 77° 47.985'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 13.32" N, 77° 47' 59.10" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16421-16473 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US
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