Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Jackson at Harpers Ferry
The Stonewall Brigade
Jackson led cadets to Charles Town in 1859 to provide security at John Brown’s execution. After the war began in April 1861, Jackson’s first command was at Harpers Ferry, where he formed and trained one of most famous units in the Civil War, the Stonewall Brigade. Both Jackson and his brigade earned their nickname at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861. Jackson also acquired Little Sorel, his favorite mount for the rest of his life, while he was here.
Jackson returned here in September 1862 and captured Harpers Ferry and 12,500 Union soldiers to eliminate a potential Union threat to the rear of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army in Maryland. Jackson rejoined Lee in September 17 in time for the Battle of Antietam. Technically a draw, the battle gave President Abraham Lincoln sufficient political capital to issue
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 19.188′ N, 77° 45.588′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Jefferson County Visitors Bureau. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 West Washington Street, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fortifying Bolivar Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Union Predicament (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting the Supply Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casualties of War (approx. ¼ mile away); Harpers Ferry Bolivar Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Rats in a Cage (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Year of the War (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.