Jackson at Harpers Ferry

Jackson at Harpers Ferry (HM14CZ)

Location: Bolivar, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.188', W 77° 45.588'

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The Stonewall Brigade

As you explore Jefferson County's Civil War sites, you will learn about some of the notable exploits on the native soil of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, one of the wars most famous figures. Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). He graduated from West Point and distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War. He left the army to become the Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Instructor of Artillery at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

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 the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a turning point in the war.
HM NumberHM14CZ
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 6:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 262085 N 4355898
Decimal Degrees39.31980000, -77.75980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.188', W 77° 45.588'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 11.28" N, 77° 45' 35.28" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 37 Washington Ct, Bolivar WV 25425, US
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