Harper's Ferry Research Paper

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Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks
Where Two Rivers Meet History

History and bravery disembogued through the waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah and diffused with the narrow borough of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Lying in the heart of where the rivers meet, this town had seen the worst of worsts. Bloody wars and raids anguished the residents as they witnessed their beloved town incinerate to ashes but their hearts rekindled with pride when leaders took responsibility to ameliorate our equality. Harpers Ferry had a story to tell, one that could only be told by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (HFNHP). Big things come from small packages, they said. This statement seemed to be very true for Harpers Ferry. The Ferry
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During the Civil War, Harpers Ferry interchanged ownership 14 times from 1860 to 1865. The Ferry played a prominent role in the Civil War considering the Battle of Harpers Ferry and Appomattox Court House. The Battle of Harpers Ferry was from September 13th to 15th, 1862 at Maryland Heights. Until the 15th, the Union was triumphant but the Confederates walked out victorious. The Battle of Appomattox Court House was another preeminent battle because it was one of the last battles of the War and determined who was going to administrate The Ferry. On April 9, 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia (Confederate) surrendered and the Union won Harpers Ferry but more importantly; the Union won the Civil…show more content…
For example, The Ferry has magnificent scenery that flaunts the crystal waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah. Even Thomas Jefferson declared that it “is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature”.It also shows the importance of African American civil rights because of Storer College, John Brown’s Fort, and Maryland Heights. The park attracts tourists which helps the economy of the state since tourism in our largest industry. The park also has trails and walks for athletic visitors because history isn’t the only feature of the park. I believe that this park is truly a treasure because not only does it display the history of West Virginia, it also shows the nation’s pride and
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