Stonewall Jackson at Dam 5

Stonewall Jackson at Dam 5 (HMFLC)

Location: Clear Spring, MD 21722 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.419', W 77° 55.317'

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At the outbreak of the Civil War, Maryland became a border between the Confederacy and the Union. The Confederacy knew that the canal and railroad were important Union supply lines. Stonewall Jackson's Brigade made several attempts to destroy Dam 5 and cripple the canal. On December 7, 1861, Confederate artillery "commenced throwing shells and shot at the dam and houses on the Maryland shore." Jackson's troops then tried digging a ditch to undermine the dam; Union troops fended off the attempt. On December 17 Jackson attacked again, and again Union forces prevailed. After minor dam repairs, boat traffic resumed on the canal.
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 249138 N 4388217
Decimal Degrees39.60698333, -77.92195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.419', W 77° 55.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 25.14" N, 77° 55' 19.02" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7001-7041 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Clear Spring MD 21722, US
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