Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rats in a Cage
We are as helpless as rats in a cage.
Captain Edward Ripley, 9th Vermont
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.394′ N, 77° 45.662′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Prospect Avenue. Click for map. Located on the Bolivar Heights trail in the 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. The First Year of the War (a few steps from this marker); Closing the Doors (within shouting distance of this marker); Facing the Enemy (within shouting distance of Historic Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Bolivar Heights Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); A Union Predicament (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. A drawing in the background depicts the bombardment, with indications of the location of Maryland Heights and the Chambers (Murphy) Farm. On the upper right a portrait of Col. Miles mounted on a horse is captioned, "After counsel with his officers, Union Commander Colonel Dixon Miles ordered white flags displayed, signaling the Union surrender. While riding out to tell his artillery to cease fire, Miles was hit by a Confederate shell fragment and dropped from his horse. Before his death the next day, he exclaimed, "I have done my duty. I am an old soldier and willing to die."
Also see . . . 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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