Capture of Harpers Ferry

Capture of Harpers Ferry (HM1B6)

Location: King George, MD 22485 King George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.381', W 77° 43.744'

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No. 5

September 15, 1862
No. 5

Capture of Harpers Ferry September 15, 1862 No. 5 At daylight, September 15, three Batteries of Jackson's Division delivered a severe fire against the right of the Bolivar Heights defense. Ewell's Batteries opened from School House Hill in front. Hill's five Batteries on ground commanding the left of the line and the 10 guns across the Shenandoah poured an accurate enfilade fire upon the left and rear of Miles' defenses. The Artillery on Loudoun Heights and Maryland Heights, joined the attack. This concentrated fire of 58 guns was responded to by the Union guns but, in an hour, beginning to run short of ammunition Miles raised the white flag in token of surrender. Soon after he was mortally wounded and the command devolved on General White who completed the terms of capitulation by the surrender of about 12,500 Officers and men and all public property. Hill's Division was left to parole the prisoners, while Jackson with five Divisions marched to the field of Antietam. Exclusive of the loss on Maryland Heights, the Union loss was 9 killed, 39 wounded; Confederate loss 6 killed, 69 wounded.
HM NumberHM1B6
Series This marker is part of the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers series
Marker NumberNo. 5
Placed ByAntietam Battlefield Board
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264745 N 4356174
Decimal Degrees39.32301667, -77.72906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.381', W 77° 43.744'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 22.86" N, 77° 43' 44.64" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8181 Appalachian Trail, King George MD 22485, US
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