Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Defending Harpers Ferry proved strategically important to both North and South when the civil war erupted in 1861. To occupy and defend this border area, a military force had to fortify the surrounding heights. Both Union and Confederate armies discovered this a difficult task as Harpers Ferry changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865.
Location. 39° 19.422′ N, 77° 45.679′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitman Avenue and Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Whitman Avenue. Click for map. Located at the trail head for the Bolivar Heights walking trail. 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. Bolivar Heights Trail (here, next to this marker); Harpers Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Facing the Enemy Battle of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Closing the Doors (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Year of the War (within shouting distance of this marker); Rats in a Cage (within shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. On the right side the marker displays a profile of the mountains surrounding Harpers Ferry and a map showing the rivers and mountains around the town.
Also see . . . Bolivar Heights Hiking Trail. (PDF) National Park Service trail map. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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