The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed.

The Fate of Harpers Ferry was sealed. (HM3FA)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.639', W 77° 45.652'

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A.P. Hill

After an exhausting night of dragging 20 cannon along the river and up the ravines to this site on Chambers (Murphy) Farm, General A.P. Hill and his 3,500 men sprang their trap on the unsuspecting Union army. Before dawn on the last day of the battle, the Confederates aimed their cannon at the Union line, only 1,000 yards away. When the morning fog lifted Hill signaled his artillerymen to open fire. Startled but alert, the Federals vigorously returned the fire. But an hour later their cannon were silent, triggering a Confederate charge. Hill wrote, "General Pender commenced his advance, when, the enemy again opening?[we ran] forward to within 400 yards, and, quickly?poured in a damaging fire. The enemy now displayed the white flag." The Union garrison at Harpers Ferry fell.
HM NumberHM3FA
Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261962 N 4354885
Decimal Degrees39.31065000, -77.76086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.639', W 77° 45.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 38.34" N, 77° 45' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Murphy Rd, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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