Raid on Harpers Ferry

Old Railroad Bridge

Today's post shows a view from an old railroad bridge that passes within 100 feet of the John Brown stronghold where he was captured in 1869. One wonders what historical significance this old rail line had since this area is steeped in early American history. No doubt this was once used by troops of the Union Army to transport soldiers and supplies. You'll also notice two vintage wagons in this scene.

Old Railroad Bridge - Harpers Ferry
Old Railroad Bridge - Harpers Ferry

Below is a closer look at one of the vintage "U S" wagons.

Enjoy!

Vintage U S Wagon
Vintage U S Wagon
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Raid on Harpers Ferry

On October 16th 1859, a raid on a U S Armory was led by John Brown in an attempt to end slavery. I was in this tri-state area, where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all meet recently and visited the site of this uprising. This was a rare opportunity for me and I could hardly believe what I found. A town that I pretty much had all to myself. It was almost Twighlight Zone-like, as there was hardly anyone around besides a security patrol car and a few maintenance staffers.  It's one of the many reasons I get up so early, and this time it really paid off. :-)

Needless to say, I captured many photographs and will share some of them with you in a short series of posts.

We'll start with the actual building where John Brown was captured.  It was originally built in 1848 as a fire engine house and has been vadalized, dismantled and move four times. The building was dismantled and spent a brief period in Chicago (1891 to 1895). It now rests within 150 feet of it's original location, having been placed there by the National Park Service in 1968.

John Brown Stronghold
John Brown Stronghold
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM