Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Capture of the firearms was the objective of John Brown’s 1859 raid.
Eighteen months after Brown’s attack, the Civil War erupted. When Virginia militia advanced on the town on April 18, 1861, an outnumbered Federal garrison burned the arsenal and evacuated the town. The buildings and nearly 15,000 guns were destroyed.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 19.372′ N, 77° 43.803′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Potomac Street, on the right when traveling north on Shenandoah Street. Click for map. Marker is in the Lower Town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "for the deposit of arms" (here, next to this marker); High Street in 1886 (a few steps from this marker); Large Arsenal Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Large Arsenal (within John Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Harper's Ferry History (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); Hayward Shepherd (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a photograph of “The small arsenal in 1860. It is the building on the left.”
Also see . . . Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Notable Places • War, US Civil •
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