Near Bolivar in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Jackson at Harpers Ferry
The Stonewall Brigade
Jackson led cadets to Charles Town in 1859 to provide security at John Brown’s execution. After the war began in April 1861, Jackson’s first command was at Harpers Ferry, where he formed and trained one of most famous units in the Civil War, the Stonewall Brigade. Both Jackson and his brigade earned their nickname at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861. Jackson also acquired Little Sorel, his favorite mount for the rest of his life, while he was here.
Jackson returned here in September 1862 and captured Harpers Ferry and 12,500 Union soldiers to eliminate a potential Union threat to the rear of Gen. Robert E.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 39° 19.188′ N, 77° 45.588′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on the grounds of the Jefferson County Visitors Bureau. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 West Washington Street, 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. Fortifying Bolivar Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Union Predicament (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting the Supply Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casualties of War (approx. ¼ mile away); Harpers Ferry Bolivar Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Rats in a Cage The First Year of War (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on March 25, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on April 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.