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... swung through the Historical Park to check it out. An interesting amalgam of civil war sites and histories. A couple of battle sites, the site of John Brown's anti-slavery uprising, the confluence of the two rivers and the subsequent influence on the development of Harpers Ferry, and the unique configuration of historical Harpers Ferry, which is nestled into the point of land that sits at that confluence. The town was built first on the rivers edge, then ...
... surrendered very quickly. (cavalry escaped the night before). So 12,500 troops surrendered with only 503 casualties. (83 killed).FYI casualties reflects, killed wounded or missing.
Compared to Gettysburg and Antietam this was a pretty minor skirmish. Although had the Union held out another day, AP Hills corps would never have made it to Antietam to rescue the CSA that day.
One of the interesting stories involved the Union commander ...
... for former slaves that was started in 1865. Storer was also the site of the founding meeting of the Niagara Movement, which was the forerunner of the NAACP.
Walking down the steep hill through the Harper Cemetery, we came to Jefferson Rock. Thomas Jefferson is said to have sat here and enjoyed the gorgeous view of the Shenandoah and Potomac. He called it a view ...
... 5 miles later I notice that we seem to me travel ling northeast around Washington instead of west toward Harpers Ferry, WV. At an unmarked intersection we stop to ask 2 experienced looking riders which way the C&O goes, and they look at each other in a puzzled manner. I know I am in trouble then, and sure enough they reply, "Well, you are not on the C&O, you are on the Capital Beltway." As I see panic come across ...
... back down to the village, taking a few more pictures along the way before getting a ride back up to the Visitors Center and our car. I have vague memories of visiting Harpers Ferry with my family while we lived in Baltimore 50 years ago -- it was interesting to see it again and to better appreciate its historical significance. This was the first time Ruth had visited the ...
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