Harper’s Ferry Transport Confluence


At this site the primary methods of transportation come together. In the immediate foreground we have the C&O Canal heading west to Cumberland and beyond, the railroad splitting to head north and west, and behind it, the Shenandoah joining the Potomac River.
The city was the site of John Brown’s Raid in 1859 and Lee’s capture of the Federal Armory and 12,000 troops during the 1860’s. Harper’s Ferry was a lynch-pin in the Federal advance into the West, as it hosted both a canal and a railroad. Both are shown here on the eastern side of Harper’s Ferry. The surviving railroad has proven to be the greatest tool in the expansion into America’s West.
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