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

Rats in a Cage

 
 
Rats in a Cage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
1. Rats in a Cage Marker
Inscription. The Union army refused to give up. Frustrated by the Federals' stronghold on Bolivar Heights, "Stonewall" Jackson ordered cannons to the mountain tops and nearby plateaus. Pounded by a day and a morning of Confederate bombardment, Union soldiers felt the strain, "A general feeling of depression observable in all the men...All seem to think that we will have to surrender or be cut to pieces," wrote Union Private Louis B. Hull.

We are as helpless as rats in a cage.
Captain Edward Ripley, 9th Vermont
 
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 19.394′ N, 77° 45.662′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Prospect Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the Bolivar Heights trail in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 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. The First Year of the War (a few steps from this marker); Closing the Doors (within shouting distance of this marker); Facing the Enemy (within shouting distance of
Rats in a Cage Marker image. Click for full size.
September 29, 2007
2. Rats in a Cage Marker
The clearing in the distance (on right) is the Chambers (Murphy) Farm.
this marker); Historic Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Bolivar Heights Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); A Union Predicament (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
More about this marker. A drawing in the background depicts the bombardment, with indications of the location of Maryland Heights and the Chambers (Murphy) Farm. On the upper right a portrait of Col. Miles mounted on a horse is captioned, "After counsel with his officers, Union Commander Colonel Dixon Miles ordered white flags displayed, signaling the Union surrender. While riding out to tell his artillery to cease fire, Miles was hit by a Confederate shell fragment and dropped from his horse. Before his death the next day, he exclaimed, "I have done my duty. I am an old soldier and willing to die."
 
Also see . . .  1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. National Park Service summary
Maryland Heights from the Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. Maryland Heights from the Marker Location
of the battle. (Submitted on February 14, 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 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,359 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 2, 2008.   3. submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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