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

From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground

 
 
From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground Marker
Inscription. Some of the Union infantrymen who defended this ground on the night of September 14th returned the next day. Even though the Confederate strategy had won the battle for Harpers Ferry, and these Union soldiers were part of the largest surrender of United States troops in American history, these particular soldiers had unfinished business here.

"Went to the foot of the hill to bury Disbrow, was shot in the head the knight before. Sad time. We buried him with overcoat and blanket wrapped around him."
Private John Paylor, Company D
111th New York Regiment

"Horace Acker of Meridian had been killed. Poor boy, he was such an impulsive nature. It was impossible to tell whether he was killed by friend or foe as he was found dead in front of our line."
Private Newman Eldred, Company H, 111th New York Regiment.

I found 4 men killed and 1 very seriously wounded; he died. That made 5 killed. I do not know how many were wounded, 9 or 10, mostly slightly wounded. One man was wounded in the breast, and another had a little finger shot off - some little things of that kind. I could not tell how many of the rebels were killed, or whether any of them were. When they came into our camp [after the surrender] they told us we had killed 20 of them and wounded a number more."
Colonel Jesse Segoine, 111th
From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground Marker
New York Regiment.
 
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 19.474′ N, 77° 45.846′ W. Marker is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Bakerton Road (County Route 27), on the right when traveling north. 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 Confederate Perspective (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Skirmish Line (about 700 feet away); We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment (about 700 feet away); Historic Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Five Rounds into the Darkness (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bolivar Heights Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Facing the Enemy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a portrait of one of the privates cited on the marker. In the center is a depiction of a burial detail. On the right is a portrait of Col. Segoine.
 
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,258 times since then and 26 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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