Near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Dangerous Position
"On Sunday evening, the second day of our fight, I was ordered out in front of our camp to skirmish as the Rebs were getting rather thick. Now just keep in mind that I had been up for three nights before. You can imagine how pleasantly I must have felt. It was a dangerous position, but I felt as if I did not care whether the Rebs had me or not. Our hundred men were detailed and put under Lt. Munson & myself. You ought to have seen us hunting our way down Bolivar Heights for the front of our camp. At last we reached our position."
Lieutenant George York, Company I, 126th New York Regiment, from a letter to his father.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.371′ N, 77° Click for map. Located along the Union Skirmish Line 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 Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Position Strong by Nature (about 400 feet away); We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment (about 800 feet away); Battle of Harpers Ferry / Jackson Arrives (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Skirmish Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate Perspective (approx. 0.3 miles away); Five Rounds into the Darkness (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a map showing the combatant positions and location of the skirmish line. On the right is "The flag of the 126th Regiment New York State Volunteers."
Also see . . . 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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