The Confederate Perspective

The Confederate Perspective (HM4UP)

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

N 39° 19.518', W 77° 45.816'

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"General J.R. Jones was directed to make a demonstration against the enemy's right."
Jackson's official report

Confederate Colonel Edmund Pendleton wrote about the night of September 14, 1862, from his perspective across the road on School House Ridge. Pendleton and his men were facing this direction, holding the Union forces in check on Bolivar Heights behind you.

"We lay upon our arms till nearly daylight, the quietude of the night being unbroken, save by a sharp musketry fire of a few minutes duration in front of our right and a few hundred yards distant, which proved to have occurred between two regiments of the enemy on picket duty, who had mutually mistaken each other for foes."

Colonel Pendleton was mistaken. The gunfire he heard was exactly what General "Stonewall" Jackson wanted. Jackson intended to outflank the enemy stronghold on Bolivar Heights by moving artillery and infantry to the far left of the Union position. To cover this maneuver and distract the Union troops, Jackson ordered some of his forces on School House Ridge to stage a feint attack against the Union skirmish line near the road below. Confederate victory was inevitable now.

Even though the attack here lasted only a short time, it was a critical part of the Confederate strategy, and a life and death situation for the soldiers who were involved.
HM NumberHM4UP
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historic Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261776 N 4356518
Decimal Degrees39.32530000, -77.76360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.518', W 77° 45.816'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 31.08" N, 77° 45' 48.96" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 874 Bakerton Rd, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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