Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Here at this ramp Confederate soldiers began dragging the free black laborers away. falsely claiming the Union was "stealing their slaves." Colonel Trimble shouted "My men are unarmed - I am not. Unhand them!" Then he ordered "Regiment march," swiftly moving both the laborers and the soldiers past the Confederate guards, down this ramp, and across the bridge to safety in the North.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 19.432′ N, 77° 43.772′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Potomac Street, on the right. 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. A Perfect Heap of Ruins (a few steps from this marker); My Favorite Boat Home of Joseph Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Racing West (within shouting distance of this marker); Short-lived Sanctuary (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown's Last Stand (within shouting distance of this marker); Six Acres That Changed the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of the bridges at Harpers Ferry. The Potomac River pontoon bridge, shown here partially dismantled, was attached to iron rings in the river wall below you. On the upper right is a map depicting the situation, captioned: All but surrounded by Confederates in the hills around you, the Union calvary fled across the pontoon bridge. They rode north to Pennsylvania capturing a Confederate ammunition wagon train along the way.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.