Closing the Doors

Closing the Doors (HM315)

Location: Bolivar, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.411', W 77° 45.662'

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Resting with his troops in Frederick, Maryland, 20 miles northeast of here, Confederate General Robert E. Lee had hoped the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry would abandon its post when he invaded the North. They did not. Lee decided to attack. He divided his army into four columns, sending three to seize the three mountains overlooking Harpers Ferry. On the first day of the battle, the Confederates captured Loudoun Heights, south of the Shenandoah River. North of the Potomac, Union forces abandoned Maryland Heights after a nine-hour defense. "Stonewall" Jackson seized Schoolhouse Ridge to the west, closing all doors of escape. Bolivar Heights, the mountain you stand on, remained in Union control. The Confederates were now poised to attack the surrounded garrison.
HM NumberHM315
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 9:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261991 N 4356314
Decimal Degrees39.32351667, -77.76103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.411', W 77° 45.662'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 24.66" N, 77° 45' 39.72" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 217 Whitman Ave, Bolivar WV 25425, US
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Reviewing old photographs from a visit in 2011 to Harpers Ferry. I came across a photo I took of the marker, "Closing the Doors," on Bolivar Heights. I have the photo and trying to upload it to this site to share.

Sep 22, 2015 at 5:26pm PDT by jkmathews18

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