Before I got to Antietam I spent two and a half days in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, helping to document the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the three day battle (September 13-15) which culminated in the largest surrender of US troops (12,500) in the history of this nation, a record that remained until the American surrender to the Japanese on Bataan and Corregidor in 1942.
Though much less well known than the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Harpers Ferry was a critical piece of the Maryland Campaign, and without it Antietam would never had happened. It was very special to be a part of telling this story and honoring those who struggled over this ground 150 years before.
|Ranger Stan leads the students in saluting the flag|
|On our way up to Maryland Heights|
|Harper Ferry Chief Historian Dennis Frye|
|View of the Potomac River from Camp Hill in Harpers Ferry|
|President of Harvard|
|Wildcat Regimental Band|
|Confederates awaiting orders to parole the Union prisoners|
|Lanterns lit for a lantern led tour|
|Torches lighting the central road through town|