Facing the Enemy

Facing the Enemy (HM30C)

Location: Bolivar, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.416', W 77° 45.676'

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Union Commander Dixon Miles knew the Confederates were coming. His cavalry reported the Southern troops advancing from three different directions. Ordered to "hold Harpers Ferry until the last extremity." Miles divided his forces to retain Maryland Heights - the highest mountain - and to defend Bolivar Heights - the longest ridge. As Miles watched "Stonewall" Jackson's 14,000 men spread across Schoolhouse Ridge, word arrived that Miles's soldiers had lost the fight for Maryland Heights. Bolivar Heights stood as the Union army's last bastion.

We were greatly surprised at finding ourselves in the face of the enemy so soon ... felt proud in being considered worthy of such a trust, and determined to do our duty.
Sergeant Nicolas DeGraff, 115th New York
HM NumberHM30C
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 3:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261971 N 4356324
Decimal Degrees39.32360000, -77.76126667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.416', W 77° 45.676'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 24.96" N, 77° 45' 40.56" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 Whitman Ave, Bolivar WV 25425, US
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