General Lafayette McLaws CSA (1821-1897)

Date:
C. 1860s

General Lafayette McLaws was stretched to the limit during the attack on Harpers Ferry. His primary objective was to capture Maryland Heights and use the high ground to deploy artillery for the bombardment of the Union troops below. But, after defeating the Northern forces on the Heights in a sharp engagement, McLaws also had to battle the force of gravity. A road had to be cut up the steep hillside before he could move his artillery from the valley floor to the mountaintop. McLaws sent four cannon to the crest, but it took 200 men to pull each piece up the slope. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0032
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Cannon Ball From Harpers Ferry Campaign

Date:
C. 1860s
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0017
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Maryland Heights: Siege of Harper's Ferry

Date:
1863
Creator:
William MacLeod (1850-1929)

A reproduction of an oil on canvas painting. Troops idle about during the Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on September 12-15, 1862. Original in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, gift of Mrs. Genevieve Plummer.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0023
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Spot On Maryland Heights Where The Union Troops Surrendered

Creator:
Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891)

Reproduction of sketch. On September 12-15, 1862, Union and Confederate forces confronted one another at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. On the final day of battle, the Union Col. Dixon S. Miles began to doubt that reinforcements from Gen. George B. McClellan would arrive in time and surrendered. After deciding to surrender, he was mortally wounded by an artillery shell.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10". Original: Pencil on buff paper touched with whit. H: 5 3/8", W: 10 3/8"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0025
Institution:
American Heritage Archives