Confederates Converge

Confederates Converge (HM4VY)

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

N 39° 19.302', W 77° 46.653'

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North hinged on eliminating the Harpers Ferry garrison. To do so Lee devised Special Orders 191. He divided his force of 40,000 into four parts. Three columns marched from near Frederick, Maryland, 22 miles northeast of here, to seize the three mountains surrounding Harpers Ferry. The fourth moved north and west toward Hagerstown. Following victory at Harpers Ferry, Lee intended to reunite his army and continue the invasion into Pennsylvania.

Lee assigned Major General "Stonewall" Jackson to command the Harpers Ferry attack. Jackson's columns faced challenging barriers. Long sweeping marches over mountain passes and across the Potomac River required endurance. Once here, "Stonewall's" soldiers had to scale the surrounding heights. Victory demanded coordination, communication, and convergence. Any lapse would enable the Federals to escape.
HM NumberHM4VY
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 260561 N 4356156
Decimal Degrees39.32170000, -77.77755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.302', W 77° 46.653'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 18.12" N, 77° 46' 39.18" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 Jenny Lind Dr, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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