Tag Archives: Harpers Ferry

A Soldier’s View of Harper’s Ferry

Following the battle of Antietam, as the Army of the Potomac made its slow way northward, the Union II Corps found itself, on September 21, 1862, encamped atop Bolivar Heights near Harper’s Ferry. Lt. Josiah Favill of the 57th New … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“But with blood” – John Brown, Violence, and Abolition in Kansas

On a cold December morning in 1859 in a jail cell in Charles Town, Virginia, John Brown reflected on his role in the desperate fight for abolition. Less than two months prior, he had led a small army of 21 … Continue reading

Posted in Personalities, Slavery | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The Reason for Harpers Ferry and Why John Brown Raided It

While working as a ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, I often began my tours about the United States Armory with this simple question to visitors: “Why are you here today?” Common answers included vacation, an interest in history, … Continue reading

Posted in Arms & Armaments, Battlefields & Historic Places, Slavery, Weapons | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

ECW Weekender: John Brown Museum in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park offers a plethora of historical narratives through the old buildings, markers, and interpretive tools. From Colonial and Federalist Eras to Lewis and Clark to Civil War and beyond, this historic town offers a lot to … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Civil War | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hiking to Harpers Ferry for the John Brown 160th

Bill Bryson did for the Appalachian Trail what Tony Horowitz did for the Civil War. In his 1998 book A Walk in the Woods, Bryson recounted his adventures hiking portions of the AT with his woefully under-prepared friend Stephen Katz, … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

October The Sixteenth – “Alive With Ghosts Today”

Perhaps You will remember John Brown. John Brown Who took his gun, Took twenty-one companions, White and black, Went to shoot your way to freedom Where two rivers meet And the hills of the North And the hills of the … Continue reading

Posted in Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dangerfield Newby and John Brown’s Raid

John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry was planned to be a small beginning to a large outcome. Twenty-one men–twenty-two counting Brown himself–planned to seize the Federal armory and arsenal in the town and ignite a war against slavery that, they … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Civilian, Personalities, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

An Eyewitness Account of John Brown’s Raid

Reverend Michael Costello was the pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church at Harpers Ferry, [West] Virginia during John Brown’s Raid. A native of County Galway, Ireland, Costello studied at All Hallows College in Dublin for the Diocese of Richmond. On … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Personalities, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Lew Wallace Secures the B&O– For the First Time (Pt. 1)

Lew Wallace, the Hoosier lawyer-turned soldier, readied his command for its move. His objective was a vital connection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad whose trains were badly needed to transport material and manpower. Wallace wrote later, “The need of … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Artillery, Battles, Campaigns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Casualty of Red Tape and Colonel Mosby

As a collector of Civil War images I can’t say what it was about this particular image that jumped out at me when I purchased it some ten or twelve years ago. The CDV had been identified was Elijah Hobart, … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment