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

Capture of Harpers Ferry

No. 2

 
 
Capture of Harpers Ferry (War Department Tablet No. 2) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Capture of Harpers Ferry (War Department Tablet No. 2) Marker
Inscription.
September 15, 1862
No. 2


Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, with his own Division and those of Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill and R. S. Ewell, left Frederick on the morning of September 10 and passing through Middletown and Boonsboro crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, 21 miles north of this. On the afternoon of the 11th, Hill’s Division took the direct road to Martinsburg and bivouacked near it. Jackson’s and Ewell’s Divisions marched to North Mountain Depot on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad seven miles Northeast of Martinsburg, and bivouacked. During the night Brig. Gen. Julius White, Commanding the Union Troops at Martinsburg, about 2,500 in number abandoned the place and retreated to Harpers Ferry. Jackson occupied Martinsburg on the morning of the 12th, passed through it and about noon of the 13th A. P. Hill’s Division, in the advance, reached Halltown, 3¾ miles West of this and went into camp. Jackson's and Ewell’s Division following Hill’s, encamped near it.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number No. 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.376′ N, 77° 43.744′ 
Five War Department Tablets at The Point of Harpers Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Five War Department Tablets at The Point of Harpers Ferry
W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on South Potomac Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Inside Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Located on just past the railroad overpass, at the overlook to the juncture of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers at the location commonly known as “The Point.”. 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. A different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Capture of Harpers Ferry (a few steps from this marker); John Brown Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Travel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Race to the Ohio (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mule Falters (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Regarding Capture of Harpers Ferry. This is one of five tablets at Harpers Ferry describing the action here related to the Battle of Antietam.
 
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry
The Capture of Harpers Ferry Markers image. Click for full size.
The Capture and Execution of John Brown: A tale of Martyrdom by Elijah Avey
3. The Capture of Harpers Ferry Markers
. National Parks Service Site describing the battle. (Submitted on September 26, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Harpers Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
4. Harpers Ferry
Seen from Maryland Heights, the old town of Harpers Ferry rests at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. This was Jackson's objective, discussed on the marker. The line of advance for Jackson's forces was from Martinsburg and Halltown in the distance off to the right.
 
 
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