Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Union Army classified people who fled slavery and sought shelter with the Army as "contrabands." To house them the Army created temporary "contraband camps" like this one in Harpers Ferry.
The young boy (back left) pictured with Union Troops at Harpers Ferry is one of thousands who sought employment and relative safety with the Union.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historic Site - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.412′ N, 77° 43.787′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Brown's Last Stand (here, next to this marker); John Brown Monument (a few steps from this marker); Armory Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Six Acres That Changed the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Joseph Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Hayward Shepherd (within shouting distance of this marker); A Perfect Heap of Ruins (within shouting distance of this marker); Harper's Ferry History (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,063 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.