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Day 88 (July 10): Harper's Ferry
This is a small town managed by the NPS. You can leave your bike at a rack on the C&O Towpath and cross the bridge over the Potomac to get to the town. Alternatively, as Harper's Ferry lies on the Appalachian Trail, you could backpack into town.
The history of white people in Harper's Ferry probably starts with Thomas Jefferson who, having climbed a hill, awed at the scenery of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah and commented on the rock formations. Now there are hiking trails in the area with much better views, and the rock was memorialized as Jefferson Rock.
Then came John Brown. An abolitionist, he wanted to start a slave revolt, and the place he decided to do it was Harper's Ferry. He didn't get very far - having angered the local residents, he locked himself up in a firehouse, then surrendered, tried in a Virginia court, and hanged. This was in 1859, two years before the start of the Civil War.
Then, in 1862, Confederate forces captured Harper's Ferry, now part of West Virginia, and forced a surrender of Union forces stationed there. This was a major victory for the south, but it was followed by a Confederate defeat in Antietam, in Maryland. Harper's Ferry would be recaptured several more times during the war.
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