Monday, February 25, 2008

Civil War Places


Here is another site from our Civil War History. I first visited here with my family when I was in elementary school. I been back several times and a future visit once again is not out of the question. Two states are pictured here as well as two significant structures.

Fire away history buffs.
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12 comments:

straight shooter said...

I'm not sure I am right, but I will go out on a limb and say Harper's Ferry. You can get from WV to MD by taking a short walk. I'm not sure what the structures are though.

Jocker said...

I think it's Harpers Ferry and the structures are The Railroad Bridge and the ruins of the Arenal raided by John Brown 1859.

Soapbox said...

Harpers Ferry is correct.
The B&O Railroad Bridge is corect.

Soapbox said...

Shooter
Correct. The short walk you refer to actually part of the Appalachain Trail, and it crosses the Potomac River from W. Va. to Md. beside the railroad tressle pictured.

Bunker Britches said...

DArn,
Someone beat me to it and you verified it. Harpers Ferry; the B &O Railroad at the junction of Maryland and West Virginia, the ruined building I would have guessed to be the Arsenal.

Bunker Britches said...

Nope, not the arsenal, too many big windows. Maybe the ruined church. It has been a looooooong time since I was there.

William Carey said...

Bonus Points:
Who was the original commander of the troops sent to put down the John Brown rebellion?

What branch of service were these troops?

Who was the courier that delivered the change of command?

Yeah, I'm a fount' of trivial knowledge...

Soapbox said...

The ruins you see here are of St. Johns Episcopal Church. This chirch was used as a barracks and a hospital during the Civil War. It was heavly damaged during the war but was rebuit. The building fell into ruin when a new Episcopal Church was built in "Upper Town" Harpers Ferry.
You pass these ruins when taking the walkway up to "Jefferson Rock" above the still active St Peters Cathothic Church that dominates the hillside above Harpers Ferry. The walkway continues beyond Jefferson Rock and takes you a cemetary filled with some very interesting Tombstones. Quite a hike---but well worthwhile.

BC- I know the answers to the bonus points but I'll defer to others for the time being.

Jocker said...

General Robert Edward Lee: USMA

xploded said...

I may be wrong but I think at the time R.E Lee was an LTC in the army.

Soapbox said...

xploded

You are corect. At the time of John Browns raid in Harpers Ferry Robert E. Lee was a Lt. Colonel of the 2nd Calvery.

William Carey said...

Answers:
The "original" commander was 1st Lieutenant Israel Greene of the USMC.

The Marines were chosen instead of the 3rd Army Artillery, because they were closer, coming from the Marine Barracks in Washington and near the railway.

The courier was J.E.B. Stuart. Secretary of War John Floyd reversed President Buchanan's decision knowing that Lee was on leave at Arlingtoon before going to Texas.