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

Jackson at Harpers Ferry

The Stonewall Brigade

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2012
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Inscription. As you explore Jefferson County’s Civil War sites, you will learn about some of the notable exploits on the native soil of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, one of the wars most famous figures. Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). He graduated from West Point and distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War. He left the army to become the Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Instructor of Artillery at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

Jackson led cadets to Charles Town in 1859 to provide security at John Brown’s execution. After the war began in April 1861, Jackson’s first command was at Harpers Ferry, where he formed and trained one of most famous units in the Civil War, the Stonewall Brigade. Both Jackson and his brigade earned their nickname at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861. Jackson also acquired Little Sorel, his favorite mount for the rest of his life, while he was here.

Jackson returned here in September 1862 and captured Harpers Ferry and 12,500 Union soldiers to eliminate a potential Union threat to the rear of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army in Maryland. Jackson rejoined Lee in September 17 in time for the Battle of Antietam. Technically a draw, the battle gave President Abraham Lincoln sufficient political capital to issue
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the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a turning point in the war.
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 19.188′ N, 77° 45.588′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Jefferson County Visitors Bureau. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 West Washington Street, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fortifying Bolivar Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Union Predicament (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting the Supply Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casualties of War (approx. ¼ mile away); Harpers Ferry Bolivar Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Rats in a Cage (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Year of the War (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Don Morfe, July 25, 2012
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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