Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Harper's Ferry

Harper's Ferry situated on the junctions of the great Potomac River and the Shenandoah. A town of great significance in American history. The town was once a great producer in the manufacture of firearms, John Brown was captured here, General Lee then Col Lee commanded the US Marines to capture John Brown and it was also a major town of importance during the American Civil War - changing hands many times. However my main interest was for the campaign of 1862 in which General Jackson forced the surrender of the town and captured over 12000 Union troops. Thanks to Larry - my tour guide and friend I was able to spend the most part of a day looking around the town and surrounding areas.

Downtown Harper's Ferry

Buildings on the main street into town.

The building in which John Brown and his men were finally held up in. The Marines stormed through the central door.

Looking north on the junction of the Potomac River (on the left) and the Shenandoah (on the right).

Again looking north from just above the old town. Maryland Heights are on the left and Loudon Heights on the right. Both positions were occupied by Confederate forces in September 1862.

One of the main churches of Harper's Ferry. It was said that during the war an English flag few from the top in order to prevent the Confederate hitting the church, which in turn was a hospital for the wounded.

Looking from close to the church down onto the main street.

A Union artillery battery is sighted at this position on Bolivar Heights looking out towards School House Ridge and the Confederate lines. Bolivar Heights were the main defensive position for the Union forces.

From Bolivar Heights looking East, where in the distance you can see a battery of four Confederate guns. The far guns represent the location of A.P. Hills flanking attack.

In hope of preventing the capture of Bolivar Heights a long line of trenches were dug along the crest. Those trenches are still there today and can be just made out to the left of the foot path were the autumn leaves have gathered in the depression.

Looking north from Bolivar Heights back over the town and the dominating heights of Maryland (left) and Loudon (right).

The Union battery on Bolivar Heights.

1 comment:

John Lambshead said...

My camera lenscap is still under that bridge from a visit to the USA in the 90s!