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

Near Bolivar in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed.

A.P. Hill


— Harpers Ferry National Historical Park —

<i>The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
March 1, 2008
1. The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed Marker
Inscription.  After an exhausting night of dragging 20 cannon along the river and up the ravines to this site on Chambers (Murphy) Farm, General A.P. Hill and his 3,500 men sprang their trap on the unsuspecting Union army. Before dawn on the last day of the battle, the Confederates aimed their cannon at the Union line, only 1,000 yards away. When the morning fog lifted Hill signaled his artillerymen to open fire. Startled but alert, the Federals vigorously returned the fire. But an hour later their cannon were silent, triggering a Confederate charge. Hill wrote, “General Pender commenced his advance, when, the enemy again opening…[we ran] forward to within 400 yards, and, quickly…poured in a damaging fire. The enemy now displayed the white flag.” The Union garrison at Harpers Ferry fell.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 18.639′ N, 77° 45.652′ W. Marker is near Bolivar, West Virginia, in Jefferson
<i>The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
March 1, 2008
2. The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed Marker
Bolivar Heights is visible in the distance.
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. Struggle to the Heights (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Civil War to Civil Rights / Battle of Harpers Ferry (about 600 feet away); Home Becomes Battlefield (about 600 feet away); Holy Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pilgrimage (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Moving Symbol (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Murphy Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountains, Men, and Maneuvers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bolivar.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Hapers Ferry. Description from National Park Service (Submitted on March 2, 2008.) 

2. Sharpsburg Battle Report of Gen. A.P. Hill. Includes details of the Harpers Ferry operations. The marker title is in this report. (Submitted on March 2, 2008.) 
Confederate 6-pdr Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 7, 2008
3. Confederate 6-pdr Gun
Next to the marker is a rather rare Confederate bronze 6-pdr Field Gun. The particular piece lacks any visible markings and cannot be matched to a specific manufacturer. Noteworthy is the smooth "bottle" type profile and the "bobbin" type knob at the breech.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,612 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2008.   3. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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