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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Brown's Last Stand

 
 
John Brown's Last Stand Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 11, 2009
1. John Brown's Last Stand Marker
Inscription. You are in the line of fire. The stone marker in front of you identifies the original site of the armory fire engine house - now known as John Brown's Fort. Barricaded inside the fort, abolitionist John Brown and his men held off local militia and U.S. Marines for three days in October 1859. Brown's men fired from inside the fort at militiamen and townspeople who shot back from positions around you. Finally, U.S. Marines stormed past where you stand, battered down the door, and captured Brown and his few remaining men. Famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass later proclaimed that Brown's fight here began "the war that ended slavery."
 
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 19.411′ N, 77° 43.786′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Potomac Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. 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. Short-lived Sanctuary (here, next to this marker); John Brown Monument (a few steps from this marker); Armory Grounds
Markers Overlooking John Brown's Fort image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 11, 2009
2. Markers Overlooking John Brown's Fort
(a few steps from this marker); Six Acres That Changed the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Joseph Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Hayward Shepherd (within shouting distance of this marker); Harper's Ferry History (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Heap of Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. The main illustration on the marker depicts the Marines storming the fire engine house, with an inset to the left showing the final confrontation with Brown. Inside the fire engine house, Brown and his raiders exchange fire with U.S. Marines who stormed the building to end the raid. A photo on the right points out the original location of the engine house. John Brown's Fort was moved four times, arriving at its current location in 1968.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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