Feb 23

Today we will be taking a look at the progress in the clearing of trees from Powers Hill. This photo was taken from the Baltimore Pike. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

See previous related posts:

Powers Hill Tree Removal Part 4 on December 15, 2011
Powers Hill Tree Removal Part 3 on November 29, 2011
Powers Hill Tree Removal Part 2 on September 9, 2011
Powers Hill Tree Removal: Update on August 19, 2011
Powers Hill Tree Removal Begins on August 4, 2011
West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 4 with Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon on June 22, 2011
Powers Hill Prepared for Tree Removal: Part 2 on February 28, 2011
Granite Schoolhouse Lane on December 23, 2010
Powers Hill Prepared for Tree Removal on December 20, 2010
Spangler’s Spring Area Tree Removal Progress Part 2 on November 3, 2010
Spangler’s Spring Area Tree Removal Progress on October 25, 2010
Spangler’s Spring Tree Cutting (Lack of Tree Cutting) Update on November 21, 2009
Evergreen Cemetery Part 4 with Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny on September 14, 2009
James McAllister Farm (Baltimore Pike) Tree Clearing Update on June 18, 2009
James McAllister Farm Tree Clearing Update on April 16, 2009
Tree Clearing Between the Baltimore Pike and Spangler’s Spring on March 11, 2009
Powers Hill on April 10, 2008

Today we’ll start from the Granite Schoolhouse Lane and use this break in the wall that we’ve used before to take a look at this project. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

You will notice small white signs posted around the crest of the hill. This view was facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Please do not visit Powers Hill until these “Area Closed” signs are removed and the project is complete. Until then, the best you can do is take telephoto pictures of monuments like the 77th New York from the base of the hill like we did. This view was facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Rigby’s Battery A of the Maryland Light Artillery is visible on the eastern portion of the hill, where the most noticeable clearing since our last update has occurred. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Here’s one last look at the 77th New York before we move around to the other side of the hill. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

We’ve now moved around to the eastern portion of the hill to show you the large expanse that has been cleared in this area. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

The Baltimore Pike and buildings of a local mini-golf course can be easily spotted through the remaining trees in the center of this photo. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

We’re now along the Baltimore Pike … This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

… where we will turn around … This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

… take another look at the hill … This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

… and walk north along the Pike towards the Slocum headquarters marker. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Just past the Slocum Headquarters marker (on the left, though the actual headquarters position was on Powers Hill “about 200 yards westerly”) … This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

… you can still make out the location of the home and buildings that used to sit on this property before they were acquired by the National Park Service. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

It’s been almost two years since we started covering this project, so it is exciting to see the results of this work to restore Powers Hill to its 1863 appearance. It is becoming much easier to illustrate to visitors why the United States would have placed artillery on the eastern portion of the hill. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.


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