Short-lived Sanctuary

Short-lived Sanctuary (HMDHT)

Location: Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 19.412', W 77° 43.787'

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Thousands of enslaved people fled to the Union lines at Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. Some of them found shelter in the "contraband camp" located near here in the shadow of John Brown's Fort. Their freedom and safety were always in jeopardy. Any withdrawal of the Union forces left them vulnerable to slave-catchers, notorious for capturing people of color and selling them into slavery. After the confederate capture of Harpers Ferry in 1862, Union Colonel William Trimble recalled watching "hundreds of men, women, and children, bond and free, driven past; their bowed heads and sad countenances telling the tale of their disappointed hopes."

The Union Army classified people who fled slavery and sought shelter with the Army as "contrabands." To house them the Army created temporary "contraband camps" like this one in Harpers Ferry.

The young boy (back left) pictured with Union Troops at Harpers Ferry is one of thousands who sought employment and relative safety with the Union.
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HM NumberHMDHT
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Placed ByHarpers Ferry National Historic Site - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 4:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264685 N 4356234
Decimal Degrees39.32353333, -77.72978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.412', W 77° 43.787'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 24.72" N, 77° 43' 47.22" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-116 Potomac St, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US
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