Setting the Trap

Setting the Trap (HM4YA)

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

N 39° 18.378', W 77° 46.938'

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Confederate Major General "Stonewall" Jackson faced three enemies - the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry, its formidable position on Bolivar Heights, and time. On the second day of the battle, although pummeled by a Confederate bombardment, the Federals still stood firm. Jackson knew he had to force the issue. He devised a three-point plan. First, to "turn" the Union flank, he ordered Major General A.P. Hill to march 3,500 men and 20 cannon, under the cover of night, to a position behind the Federal lines. Meanwhile, one mile to the north, Jackson staged a fake attack against Bolivar Heights to distract the Federals from Hill's maneuver. Finally, Jackson ordered that 10 cannon be moved from Schoolhouse Ridge across the Shenandoah River to a plateau on Loudoun Heights. By Monday morning, September 15, all was accomplished. The trap was set.
HM NumberHM4YA
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 260099 N 4354459
Decimal Degrees39.30630000, -77.78230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.378', W 77° 46.938'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 22.68" N, 77° 46' 56.28" 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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