Protecting the Supply Lines

Protecting the Supply Lines (HM31L)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 19.163', W 77° 45.833'

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"...make all the valleys south of the Baltimore and Ohio [rail]road a desert as high up as possible...so that crows flying over it [Virginia] for the balance of the season will have to carry their provisions with them."
Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA
July 17, 1864

Securing Harpers Ferry as a supply base was essential during Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign in the Fall of 1864. In front of you are the weathered remains of Battery #1 overlooking the mouth of the Shenandoah Valley. These fortifications built by Sheridan were never attacked by the Confederates.

Union wagons became favorite targets of Confederate cavalry once beyond the safety of Bolivar Heights. Despite harassment from Lt. Col. John S. Mosby's Rebel raiders, Sheridan successfully defeated Lt. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederate army in the Shenandoah Valley in four major battles from September 19 through October 19, 1864.
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HM NumberHM31L
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261731 N 4355862
Decimal Degrees39.31938333, -77.76388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.163', W 77° 45.833'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 9.78" N, 77° 45' 49.98" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 203 Washington Ct, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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