The Tragic Prelude

Creator:
John Stuart Curry
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0070
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, Kansas Statehouse
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Bombardment Of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, 12th & 13th Of April, 1861

Date:
1861
Creator:
Currier and Ives
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0069
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, Chicago Historical Society
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Harpers Ferry Engine House

Date:
1865
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0031
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Bayonet And Barrel

America's first successful use of interchangeable parts took place in Harpers Ferry. During the 1820s and 1830s John Hall perfected machinery for producing interchangeable parts for rifles, contributing not only to the success of his rifle works, but to the development of the American factory system. This bayonet and barrel were recovered from the 1861 arsenal fire set by retreating Union forces.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0022
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Rifle Fragments

America's first successful use of interchangeable parts took place in Harpers Ferry. During the 1820s and 1830s John Hall perfected machinery for producing interchangeable parts for rifles, contributing not only to the success of his rifle works, but to the development of the American factory system. These rifle fragments were recovered from the 1861 arsenal fire set by retreating Union forces.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0023
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

U.S. Rifle Factory

The U.S. Rifle Factory in Harpers Ferry was reduced to ruins when it was burned during the Civil War.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0024
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Virginius Island

Date:
1857
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0025
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Harpers Ferry B&O Bridge Ruins

Date:
July 1861

Two months after the start of the Civil War, the B&O Railroad bridge into Harpers Ferry was in ruins. Only the piers remained. The B&O tried to reopen the bridge, replacing the wooden structure with "Bollman" iron spans (named after their inventor). The first two Bollman spans were soon destroyed. Four later spans survived the war, although troops closed the bridge by burning its wooden floors.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0028
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Uss <i>Hartford</i> Eyebolts

Simple pieces of iron hardware, eyebolts served many essential functions on board warships like Hartford. They acted as guides or anchors for standing and running rigging on ships and their boats. The cables attached to gun carriages and ship bulwarks were tied to eyebolts, allowing the crewmen to control the recoil of the ship's guns.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0080
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Steam Sloop USS <i>Hartford</i>

Creator:
F. Muller

USS Hartford became David Farragut's flagship on January 28, 1862. She took part in the Battle of Mobile Bay, assisting in the capture of Tennessee, and continued to serve the Union cause until the end of the war.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0079
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy