“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)

Fake Attack - September 14th

Fake Attack - September 14th Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
1. Fake Attack - September 14th Marker
Inscription. "Stonewall" Jackson understood the principle of military deception. On the second evening of the battle, he used deception here. To lure the Union attention away from the south end of Bolivar Heights, Jackson faked an attack against the north end of the heights in front of you. Using darkness to disguise the deceit, the Stonewall Division marched forward from near this location, creating a commotion that successfully distracted the Federals from Jackson's real advance, one mile to the south. This fake maneuver ultimately helped Jackson position Confederates behind the main enemy line.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.23′ N, 77° 46.665′ 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 south. Click for map. 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.
Fake Attack Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
2. Fake Attack Wayside
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Destined for Antietam (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederates Converge (about 400 feet away); Assessing the Obstacle (about 700 feet away); Flag Talk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Dangerous Position (approx. 0.6 miles 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. The background of the marker is a depiction of the Confederate infantry involved in the fake attack.
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Confederate Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 5, 2008
3. Confederate Positions
Looking east toward Bolivar Heights. At this point, just north of Highway 340, Early and Hays Brigades of Lawton's (Ewell's) Division demonstrated to attract the attentions of the Federals.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 978 times since then and 22 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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