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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bolivar Heights Trail

 
 
Bolivar Heights Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Bolivar Heights Trail Marker
Inscription. Union and Confederate soldiers transformed these fields into campgrounds full of dingy tents, smoky campfires and boiling kettles during the Civil War. Shouting officers drilled their troops until Bolivar's grass was trampled into precision parade grounds. Cannon shells shrieked during two battles here. Later, somber faces watched comrades' coffins lowered into Bolivar's disturbed soil.

Follow this trail to discover the story of Bolivar Heights and some of the people who walked along this ridge.

"The heights west of Bolivar must be strengthened."
Col Thomas J. Jackson, CSA
Letter to Maj. Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA
May 7, 1861
 
Location. 39° 19.424′ N, 77° 45.675′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitman Avenue and Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Whitman Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the trail head for the Bolivar Heights walking trail. 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. Harpers Ferry ( here, next to this marker); Historic Heights ( here, next to this marker); Facing the Enemy
Section of the Trenches on Bolivar Heights image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
2. Section of the Trenches on Bolivar Heights
( a few steps from this marker); Battle of Harpers Ferry ( a few steps from this marker); Closing the Doors ( within shouting distance of this marker); The First Year of the War ( within shouting distance of this marker); Rats in a Cage ( within shouting distance of this marker); Casualties of War ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left under the text are portraits of Stonewall Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Philip Sheridan. On the right is a map of the trail, captioned, "The trail along this grassy hill covers only part of Bolivar Heights which runs north-south for two miles between the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers along Bolivar Heights related to the Civil War activity in Harpers Ferry.
 
Also see . . .  Bolivar Heights Hiking Trail. (PDF) National Park Service trail map. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,737 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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