National Geographic : 1961 Jul
KODACHROMEBY RALPH GRAY,NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SIAFF edge of town in 1864, residents watched troop movements from rooftops. Early, who won the battle, demanded $200,000 ransom. "It was either give him the money or he'd burn the town," Joseph F. Eisenhauer told me. Local bankers raised the sum, and as a result the Civil War didn't end for Freder ick until 1951, when the mayor made the final payment to the bondholders. Pie Trucks and Radar Traps In a motel that evening we watched dusk turn the green wall of Catoctin Mountain to purple. This small range was the first of a dozen or more rising across our route. Cars and trucks swished softly up the grade, leav ing the crowded, boxed-in Atlantic world behind. In the morning some of these drivers would turn off their lights in the broad reaches of Ohio, covering in one night the mountains it took civilization 100 years to cross. Tomorrow we would follow them. But to night we forgot history and listened to the sounds and read the signs of America still young, still growing up, and still enjoying it. A pie truck pulled up to the kitchen entrance of the snack bar next door. "Hit me easy I'm full," said the sign across the back. Two State patrolmen rolled in for a cup of coffee before the long night ahead. "I'm driving home soon. Where have you got the radar trap set up?" asked the waitress. Across the way, at the drive-in theater, John Wayne waited until darkness to kill a 13 N.G.S.