We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment

We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment (HM32A)

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

N 39° 19.487', W 77° 45.996'

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"We went below and formed in line of battle and laid down on our arms. Sleep was out of the question but of course, human nature will succumb and drowsiness was general among the boys. It must have been nine O'Clock or more by this time. All of a sudden there came a blinding flash in front of our line. We were all alert in a moment and we got in line of battle as quickly as possible.

We began firing at will for all we knew hardly a thing about military drill and didn't see anything to fire at but still kept firing till we were ordered to cease firing"

Private Newman Eldred, Company H, 111th New York Regiment

"Suddenly we heard a clattering among the stones; you could see nothing...it turned out to be a body of the enemy's cavalry that made a dash at us and delivered a fire from carbines, as I supposed. I immediately ordered my regiment to return the fire; I repeated it about three times."
Colonel Jesse Segoine, 111th New York Regiment.

The raw recruits of the 111th New York Regiment marched through the darkness to this position on the Union skirmish line.
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HM NumberHM32A
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Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261515 N 4356469
Decimal Degrees39.32478333, -77.76660000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.487', W 77° 45.996'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 29.22" N, 77° 45' 59.76" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450 Co Rte 27, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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