“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Home Becomes Battlefield

Home Becomes Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Home Becomes Battlefield Marker
Inscription.  The Civil War affected not only the soldiers who fought but the families whose homes and towns became battlefields. Edmund H. Chambers bought this farm in 1848 and lived here with his family until the Civil War. Although Chambers was a loyal Unionist, the Union confiscated his farm in 1862, forcing the family from their home. The U.S. Army arranged for an appraisal of the farm in the event of damage. At the war’s end Chambers found the property destroyed and filed a claim demanding restitution. In 1888, 23 years after the end of the war, he was still trying to settle his claim. There is no evidence that he was ever paid. He died in 1890.

I am now very poor and am eighty years old.
I am the son of a Revolutionary soldier…
and I think I have a very good record.

Excerpt from Edmund H. Chamber’s letter to the Secretary of War, 1888
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Home Becomes Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Home Becomes Battlefield Marker
Looking northeast.
39° 18.74′ N, 77° 45.63′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shoreline Drive. Located on the Murphy Farm trail in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Civil War to Civil Rights / Battle of Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Struggle to the Heights (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed. (about 600 feet away); First Major Action (approx. ¼ mile away); Gun Position #6 (approx. ¼ mile away); Infantry Positions (approx. ¼ mile away); The Abatis (approx. ¼ mile away); Area History (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. The marker features a painting captioned, "Harpers Ferry painting attributed to Edmund Chambers's daughter Jenny, 1891."
Murphy Farm Trailhead image. Click for full size.
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3. Murphy Farm Trailhead
Vista from Murphy Farm Trail image. Click for full size.
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4. Vista from Murphy Farm Trail
Looking northeast.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on March 22, 2018, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 2, 2008. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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