Battle of Harpers Ferry / Jackson Arrives

Battle of Harpers Ferry / Jackson Arrives (HM4Y9)

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

N 39° 18.526', W 77° 46.804'

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(Upper Panel): Battle of Harpers Ferry
Invasion rocked the United States during the second year of the American Civil War. In September 1862 Confederate General Robert E. Lee launched his army into Maryland - the North. Lee's first target became Harpers Ferry. He ordered "Stonewall" Jackson to make the attack.

Here Jackson overcame the great obstacles, defeating the Union during a three-day battle and forcing the largest surrender of U.S. troops during the Civil War. His victory at Harpers Ferry enabled Lee to make his stand at nearby Antietam.

At first their missiles of death fell far short of our camp; but each succeeding shell came nearer and nearer, until the earth was plowed up at our feet and our tents torn to tatters.
Lieutenant James H. Clark, 115th New York Infantry

(Lower Panel): Jackson Arrives
Confederate Major General "Stonewall" Jackson arrived here on Schoolhouse Ridge with 14,000 men to commence the Battle of Harpers Ferry. Jackson faced mountain obstacles and a determined Union army defending Bolivar Heights. But in a three-day battle, he forced the largest surrender of U.S. Troops during the Civil War.

(Sidebar): Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was the most successful Confederate general by the late summer of 1862. At the war's outbreak in April 1861, he began his Confederate career as a colonel in command at Harpers Ferry. Returning 17 months later, Jackson used his knowledge of the area's rugged terrain to outmaneuver the Union troops.
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HM NumberHM4Y9
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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 Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:11pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 260300 N 4354727
Decimal Degrees39.30876667, -77.78006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.526', W 77° 46.804'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 31.56" N, 77° 46' 48.24" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10194 Co Rte 27, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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