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Harpers Ferry Battlefield

Nestled beneath Maryland, Bolivar, and Loudoun Heights at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the town of Harpers Ferry is a place where natural beauty meets historical significance. Well preserved by the National Park Service, this quaint and historic town offers access to battlefields, hiking trails, and museums. Much of the battlefield along Schoolhouse Ridge and the Murphy-Chambers Farm, where A. P. Hill mounted attacks against the Union positions defending the town, has been preserved. The Visitor Center on Shoreline Drive off of U.S. Route 340 has parking and shuttle bus service to the compact historic downtown area. The U. S. Armory's firehouse, known as John Brown's Fort, where the abolitionist briefly held out against U. S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee, is downtown on the riverfront.

Harpers Ferry Battlefield: What's Nearby

Harpers Ferry, WV
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Kennedy Farmhouse
Sharpsburg, MD
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Shepherdstown Battlefield
Shepherdstown, WV
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Shepherdstown Historic District
Shepherdstown, WV
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Summit Point Battlefield
Charles Town, WV
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Antietam Battlefield
Sharpsburg, MD
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield
Sharpsburg, MD
Civil War  |  Museum
Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Keedysville, MD
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Cool Spring Battlefield
Bluemont, VA
Civil War  |  Battlefield
South Mountain Battlefield
Boonsboro, MD

Preservation

The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 542 acres at Harpers Ferry Battlefield.

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Related Battles

Harpers Ferry, WV | September 12, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Estimated Casualties
12,922
Union
12,636
Confed.
286