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

The Abatis

 
 
The Abatis Marker image. Click for full size.
March 1, 2008
1. The Abatis Marker
Inscription. During the construction of this fort, many of the trees which were located directly in front of these embankments were felled forming an “abatis”. This timber obstruction slowed the advance of the attacking forces so that snipers, infantry, and the artillery behind the fort could easily range in on the enemy.
 
Location. 39° 18.791′ N, 77° 45.925′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Campground Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Harpers Ferry KOA Campground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 343 Campground Road, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Positions (a few steps from this marker); Gun Position #6 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Area History (about 400 feet away); Sheridan Fortifications (about 500 feet away); First Major Action (about 800 feet away); Home Becomes Battlefield (approx. ¼ mile away); The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Struggle to the Heights (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Abatis Marker image. Click for full size.
March 1, 2008
2. The Abatis Marker
Looking west.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2008. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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