Near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Destined for Antietam
September 10, 1862 from Frederick, Maryland
Confederate commander Lee sends part of his army to capture Harpers Ferry, while he waits in Maryland to advance on Pennsylvania.
Maryland Heights, MD
Confederates force Union soldiers off Maryland Heights.
Jackson arrives here on Schoolhouse Ridge, surrounding the Union garrison.
Jackson's forces bombard Harpers Ferry and outflank the Federals on Bolivar Heights.
September 15Union garrison surrenders, and Jackson advances on Sharpsburg to help Lee, leaving General A.P. Hill behind to deal with the captured prisoners and spoils of war.
South Mountain, MD
Lee's troops clash with the Union army and delay its counter attack.
Lee withdraws toward Sharpsburg,
September 17, 1862Union and Confederate soldiers fight in the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Lee's invasion ends, President Lincoln issues the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.25′ N, 77° 46.75′ 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. Touch 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. At least 8 other markers Fake Attack - September 14th (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Assessing the Obstacle (about 500 feet away); Confederates Converge (about 600 feet away); Flag Talk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Harpers Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Allstadt House (approx. half a mile away); A Dangerous Position (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. The background of this marker is a panoramic photograph of the terrain seen from Schoolhouse Ridge. Key points indicated are the respective locations of Sharpsburg, South Mountain, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, and Harpers Ferry. In the lower left corner is an inset photograph of Louisiana soldiers lie dead near the Cornfield at Antietam. Two days earlier these same men stood where you now stand.
Also see . . . 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,166 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.