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

Five Rounds into the Darkness

 
 
Five Rounds into the Darkness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
1. Five Rounds into the Darkness Marker
Inscription. The 115th New York Regiment, young and inexperienced, formed a skirmish line here. When gunfire erupted on their left during the night, the men of the 115th must have felt the rush of adrenaline through their veins. Dander was headed in their direction. There was not time to think. For all they knew, a full-scale attack had begun and they were protected only by the darkness.

"Sharp musketry began on our extreme left, it came rapidly toward us and soon we to were blazing away. We fired five rounds into the darkness. When the firing ceased and no body seemed to know what was the matter it was said that the Reble Cavalry had attempted to pass between us and a Hill beyond. This was our second Sunday in the field and we easily reached the conclusion that there was no sabbath laid down in Army regulations."
Sergeant Nicholas J. DeGraff, Company D, 115th New York Regiment
 
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 19.596′ N, 77° 45.931′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Bakerton Road (County Road 27), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the
Marker Beside Bakerton Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
2. Marker Beside Bakerton Road
Union Skirmish Line Trail, in Harpers Ferry National Historic 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. Union Skirmish Line (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Harpers Ferry / Jackson Arrives (about 600 feet away); The Confederate Perspective (about 700 feet away); We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment (about 700 feet away); From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Position Strong by Nature (approx. mile away); The First Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (approx. mile away); A Dangerous Position (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a map detailing the tactical situation described in the text. On the right is a portrait of Sergeant DeGraff.
 
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on May 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union Skirmish Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
3. Union Skirmish Line
The 115th's skirmish line ran parallel to the Bakerton Road in the valley between Bolivar Heights and School House Ridge.
Confederate Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
4. Confederate Positions
View from the marker location to the west at School House Ridge. The Confederate pickets fired upon the skirmish line during the night of September 14th, 1862, causing much confusion among the Federals.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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