Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed.
After an exhausting night of dragging 20 cannon along the river and up the ravines to this site on Chambers (Murphy) Farm, General A.P. Hill and his 3,500 men sprang their trap on the unsuspecting Union army. Before dawn on the last day of the battle, the Confederates aimed their cannon at the Union line, only 1,000 yards away. When the morning fog lifted Hill signaled his artillerymen to open fire. Startled but alert, the Federals vigorously returned the fire. But an hour later their cannon were silent, triggering a Confederate charge. Hill wrote, “General Pender commenced his advance, when, the enemy again opening…[we ran] forward to within 400 yards, and, quickly…poured in a damaging fire. The enemy now displayed the white flag.” The Union garrison at Harpers Ferry fell.
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 18.639′ N, 77° 45.652′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Shoreline Drive. Touch for map. Located on the Murphy Farm 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. Struggle to the Heights (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home Becomes Battlefield (about 600 feet away); Holy Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pilgrimage (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Moving Symbol (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Murphy Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountains, Men, and Maneuvers (approx. ¼ mile away); Gun Position #6 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Hapers Ferry. Description from National Park Service (Submitted on March 2, 2008.)
2. Sharpsburg Battle Report of Gen. A.P. Hill. Includes details of the Harpers Ferry operations. The marker title is in this report. (Submitted on March 2, 2008.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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