They call it wild, wonderful West Virginia.
The history textbooks will tell you that the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Harpers Ferry (then in Virginia, now West Virginia) took place September 12-15, 1862. But most people know Harpers Ferry for a pre-Civil War event, the raid by John Brown on the United States arsenal in Harpers Ferry (that building, incidentally, no longer exists.) Actually, Harpers Ferry is rich in history, and deserves another blog post devoted to more than Civil War era history.
What the history textbooks will not tell you is anything about this wonderful town, nor any of the other towns throughout the United States and Confederate States of America where these battles in textbooks were fought.
The textbooks will not tell you anything about what these places are like today. Today, I would like to show you some of Harpers Ferry.
Too many times these places are like other typical American cities -full of strip malls and busy, busy traffic.
I visited Harpers Ferry this past March along with the Antietam battlefield, and I will be returning to the area later this month.
A John Brown historic marker in nearby Charlestown, WVA, where John Brown was tried.
Virginius Island) have had to be given back to nature due to floods, including some where townspeople died.
former Storer College, one of the first integrated schools. Frederick Douglass was a trustee of the college.
This is a view (a little blurred) of the Potomac River from a bluff. I'm told sometimes you can see bald eagles flying over the river.
I hope my travels later this month leave me time to visit the modern Harpers Ferry again.
Do you have a favorite town or city where a Civil War battle was fought?