“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Confederates Converge

Confederates Converge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
1. Confederates Converge Marker
Inscription. Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North hinged on eliminating the Harpers Ferry garrison. To do so Lee devised Special Orders 191. He divided his force of 40,000 into four parts. Three columns marched from near Frederick, Maryland, 22 miles northeast of here, to seize the three mountains surrounding Harpers Ferry. The fourth moved north and west toward Hagerstown. Following victory at Harpers Ferry, Lee intended to reunite his army and continue the invasion into Pennsylvania.

Lee assigned Major General "Stonewall" Jackson to command the Harpers Ferry attack. Jackson's columns faced challenging barriers. Long sweeping marches over mountain passes and across the Potomac River required endurance. Once here, "Stonewall's" soldiers had to scale the surrounding heights. Victory demanded coordination, communication, and convergence. Any lapse would enable the Federals to escape.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.302′ N, 77° 46.653′ W. Marker is near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Bakerton Road (County Road 27), on the right when traveling south. Click for map
The Confederates Converge Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
2. The Confederates Converge Wayside
In the background is Bolivar Heights, and the Federal positions held during the battle.
. Located in the north section of the School House Ridge unit of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. The marker is along a walking trail just north of the William L. Wilson Freeway (US 340). The trail is best reached from the parking area on Bakerton Road (CR 27). 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. Assessing the Obstacle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fake Attack - September 14th (about 400 feet away); Destined for Antietam (about 600 feet away); Flag Talk (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Dangerous Position (approx. half a mile away); The First Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Position Strong by Nature (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. On the left center of the marker is a map illustrating the movements of the Confederate columns described in the text. On the right is a reproduction describing Special Orders 191 fell into Union hands on September 13, the day the Harpers Ferry attack began. Federal Commander George B. McClellan declared in a telegram to President Lincoln, "I have all the plans
The Objective - Harpers Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 17, 2008
3. The Objective - Harpers Ferry
Seen from atop Loudoun Heights, to the east of the convergence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Loudoun and Maryland Heights (rising from the river on the right) dominated the city. Once in Confederate hands, the city defenders were isolated and subjected to artillery bombardment.
of the rebels ... and will catch them in their own trap."
On the lower right is a portion of a photograph of Confederates passing through Frederick, Maryland, September 10, beginning their 3-day march toward Harpers Ferry.
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on May 20, 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 1,040 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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