On July 17th 2013, I visited the historic district of Harpers Ferry National Park. Walking around the streets of Harpers Ferry truly made me feel like I had taken a step back in time. Harpers Ferry is most famous for the attempted Slave insurrection by extremist abolitionist John Brown in 1859. John Brown chose this spot to stage his insurrection because it was in the south and it was the home to one of the biggest arsenals in the nation and the mountains surrounding Harpers Ferry offered a great landscape for guerrilla warfare. John Brown launched his attack on October 16th 1859. John Browns attempted slave insurrection was a massive failure and he was eventually trapped with his men in the fire engine house, now known as John Browns fort. The struggle lasted 36 hours before Federal marines, lead by future confederate general Robert E. Lee, was called in finally but an end to the fighting.
David M. Granger