Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 39° 19.360 W 077° 43.825
18S E 264628 N 4356140
Quick Description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park IN West Virginia is a historic town in the metro DC area.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 12:12:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM6GKR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
Views: 20

Long Description:
"The American Civil War (1861–1865) found Harpers Ferry right on the boundary between the Union and Confederate forces. The strategic position along this border and the valuable manufacturing base was a coveted strategic goal for both sides, but particularly the South due to its lack of manufacturing centers. Consequently, the town exchanged hands no less than eight times during the course of the war. Union forces abandoned the town immediately after the state of Virginia seceded from the Union, burning the armory and seizing 15,000 rifles. Colonel Thomas J. Jackson, who would later become known as "Stonewall", secured the region for the Confederates a week later and shipped most of the manufacturing implements south. Jackson spent the next two months preparing his troops and building fortifications, but was ordered to withdraw south and east to assist P.G.T. Beauregard at the First Battle of Bull Run. Union troops returned in force, occupying the town and began to rebuild parts of the armory. Stonewall Jackson, now a major general, returned in September 1862 under orders from Robert E. Lee to retake the arsenal and then to join Lee's army north in Maryland. Jackson's assault on the Federal forces there, during the Battle of Harpers Ferry led to the capitulation of 12,500 Union troops, which was the largest number of Union prisoners taken at one time during the war. The town exchanged hands several more times over the next two years." (visit link)
Type of site: Other

Address:
P.O. Box 65
Harpers Ferry, WV USA


Phone Number: 304-535-6029

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From Washington take I-270 north to I-70 to west Route 340. From Gettysburg take Maryland Route 15 south to Route 15 south to Route 340 west. From Shenandoah Valley take I-81 north to West Virginia 51 east. From Baltimore take I-70 west to Route 340 west.


Visit Instructions:
Post a picture of site showing the signage or other notable feature. Please tell what you saw or learned.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Civil War Discovery Trail Sites
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log User Rating  
chrissyml visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 12/26/2017 chrissyml visited it
wildernessmama visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 11/26/2016 wildernessmama visited it
petendot visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 8/25/2015 petendot visited it
alynx visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 9/29/2014 alynx visited it
NorStar visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 9/3/2014 NorStar visited it
Searcher28 visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 6/28/2014 Searcher28 visited it
pgarrett visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 7/1/2012 pgarrett visited it
Sneakin Deacon visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 5/27/2012 Sneakin Deacon visited it
dukemartin visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 4/6/2012 dukemartin visited it
kaegwyn visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 11/5/2010 kaegwyn visited it
uccacher visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 10/10/2009 uccacher visited it
FBBHaegar visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 7/24/2009 FBBHaegar visited it
ucdvicky visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 5/5/2009 ucdvicky visited it
saopaulo1 visited Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - Harpers Ferry, WV 5/5/2009 saopaulo1 visited it

View all visits/logs