A Land Divided

A Land Divided (HM1CD5)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.46', W 77° 44.438'

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The struggle of today is not altogether for today -
it is for a vast future also.

Abraham Lincoln

You are standing near what was once an international border. During the Civil War, the peak to your left lay within the Union state of Maryland. Loudon Heights to your right was claimed by the Confederate state of Virginia. Slavery divided the nation, and here at Harpers Ferry the two sides clashed over the meaning of freedom.

[Aerial photo caption reads]
Virginia's secession from the Union divided North from South along the Potomac River. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harpers Ferry was home to the national armory and passageway for major railroad lines. These assets made it an important prize of war to both sides.

[Inset photo captions read]
The noise of army camp life once disturbed the quiet field before you. Both the Union and Confederate armies used this clearing as a campground and training field at different times throughout the course of the war.

Refugees from slavery flocked to the Union encampments in Harpers Ferry. Thousands of formerly enslaved people sought the protection of the Union army. Classified by the army as contraband, they faced an uncertain future.
HM NumberHM1CD5
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263753 N 4356351
Decimal Degrees39.32433333, -77.74063333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.46', W 77° 44.438'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 27.60" N, 77° 44' 26.28" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 730 Fillmore St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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