Near Bolivar in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
A Dangerous Position
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"On Sunday evening, the second day of our fight, I was ordered out in front of our camp to skirmish as the Rebs were getting rather thick. Now just keep in mind that I had been up for three nights before. You can imagine how pleasantly I must have felt. It was a dangerous position, but I felt as if I did not care whether the Rebs had me or not. Our hundred men were detailed and put under Lt. Munson & myself. You ought to have seen us hunting our way down Bolivar Heights for the front of our camp. At last we reached our position."
Lieutenant George York, Company I, 126th New York Regiment, from a letter to his father.
Erected by National
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 19.371′ N, 77° 46.064′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Bakerton Road (County Route 27), on the right when traveling north. Located along the Union Skirmish Line 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. The First Line of Defense: The Union Skirmish Line (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Position Strong by Nature (about 400 feet away); We Began Firing At Will: The 111th New York Regiment (about 800 feet away); Battle of Harpers Ferry / Jackson Arrives (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Skirmish Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Skirmish Line to Burial Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); The Confederate Perspective (approx. ¼ mile away); Five Rounds into the Darkness (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a map showing the combatant positions and location of the skirmish line. On the right is "The flag of the 126th Regiment New York State Volunteers."
Also see . . . 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,597 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.