War Correspondents Memorial Arch

War Correspondents Memorial Arch (HM18FH)

Location: Jefferson, MD 21755 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.346', W 77° 38.365'

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— Walking Tour Stop 7 —

This stone Arch, the culmination of Townsend's architectural endeavors, was built in 1896 as a permanent memorial to newspaper correspondents, artists, and photographers of the Civil War. Standing 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide, the Arch's unusual design was inspired by two Hagerstown structures: the former B&O Railroad passenger depot which utilized a horseshoe-shaped arch, and the Antietam Fire Co. Station No. 2 which incorporated a crenellated tower.

Names of 157 men from North and South, who documented the Civil War, are inscribed on tablets embedded in the east facade. Biblical and classical references to the skills of the war correspondent are incorporated into the design. The central sculpture bears symbols of war, speed, and storytelling. The Arch's symbolic decoration reflects Townsend's whimsical taste in art, further illustrated buy Townsend's verse:

"The Bookman's art is left behind
and letters only vex.
Write then in stone, ye minds of men!
And live as architects!"
HM NumberHM18FH
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272743 N 4365130
Decimal Degrees39.40576667, -77.63941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.346', W 77° 38.365'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 20.76" N, 77° 38' 21.90" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1037 Arnoldstown Rd, Jefferson MD 21755, US
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