National Park Service

Experience "Under Fire: The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862"

Partner Event
September 10, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center
171 Shoreline Dr
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Witness the power of field artillery that forced the surrender of the Harpers Ferry Union garrison in 1862--the largest surrender of Union troops of the entire Civil War. Living history volunteers from the Baltimore Light Artillery will demonstrate cannons on Saturday, September 10 at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on the Bolivar Heights battlefield, grounds originally defended by Union troops during the battle of Harpers Ferry. Shuttles from the Visitor Center to the Bolivar Heights Battlefield and back will be provided.

Walk a battlefield whose stories extend beyond just that of a Union defeat. The campaign continued at Antietam, where the Union Army’s bloody victory led President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. These words would ultimately redefine the conflict as a war to end slavery. After the war, the founders of Harpers Ferry's Storer College, a school formed to educate formerly enslaved men and women and their descendants, purchased the Bolivar Heights battlefield as a backup plan for their campus.  

What: Historic weapons demonstrations at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Bolivar Heights battlefield. 

When: Saturday, September 10, 1, 2, and 3 pm.  

Where: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Bolivar Heights battlefield (end of Whitman Avenue, Bolivar, WV 25245).  

Who: Baltimore Light Artillery living history group.

Leah Taber
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park