Alarm Bell at DawnThe Reverend Doctor Josiah P. Smeltzer laid the cornerstone of St. John's Lutheran Church on April 30, 1850. The building was completed two years later and dedicated on August 1, 1852. Little more than seven years had passed when, at dawn on October 17, 1859, local physician John D. Starry ordered the church bell to be rung to alert Harpers Ferry that John Brown's Raid was under way. Many terrified residents fled the town proper and gathered at the church. Smeltzer, the church's pastor, wrote in his diary, "I never witnessed such a fright in any community as when the news fled that the Abolitionists of the north had taken the Armory and were killing our people."
|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 9:41pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 263536 N 4356568|
|Decimal Degrees||39.32623333, -77.74321667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 19.574', W 77° 44.593'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 19' 34.44" N, 77° 44' 35.58" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 940 Washington St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US|
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