Battery Hill/Doubleday Hill


The long hill along the raised bank of the canal is known as Battery Hill or Doubleday Hill. Legend has it that General Abner Doubleday occupied the hill and played (and created the game of) baseball on the field below with his troops, but historians no longer believe this is true. However it is true that Doubleday and his men were briefly bunkered down on this hill early in the war to guard the Potomac River crossing and the town of Williamsport from the Union Army. The soldiers built a battery at this site that is now the location Williamsport’s oldest cemetery, Riverview Cemetery. Town founder General Otho Williams is buried there.

Mile Marker: 99.4


Photo by: John Gensor

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