Near Bolivar in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Destined for Antietam
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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.
Union 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, north of Showman's Knoll. He awaits news from Jackson at Harpers Ferry.
Union 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 National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 39° 19.25′ N, 77° 46.75′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Bakerton Road (County Route 27), on the right when traveling south. 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). 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. 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. 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 Bolivar.
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. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on September 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.