LibrarySubject: Civil War

Invasion of Harper’s Ferry– dangers and duties of the South
Clement Claiborne Clay, William McKendree Gwin, 1859
The Capture of Harper’s Ferry
Austin A. Jones, Mrs. A. J. Ellis, 1922
A first hand account a North Carolina Soldier of the capture of Harpers Ferry by Stonewall Jackson. The transcriber notes that history books and “the boys who were actually there” accounts differ tremendously. Transcribed by Mrs. […]
John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown
Louis DeCaro, Jr., 2015
This collection of writings by John Brown in the fateful days after his raid on Harper’s Ferry showcase the depth of conviction of Brown’s character. Paired with Louis DeCaro’s narrative of the aftermath, trial, and execution […]
West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free (Civil War Series)
Mark A. Snell, 2011
The only state born as a result of the Civil War, West Virginia was the most divided state in the nation. About forty thousand of its residents served in the combatant forces about twenty thousand on […]
99 Historic Images of Harpers Ferry
John J. Richter, Garry E. Adelman, 2007
Military Operations in Jefferson County (Virginia & West Virginia) 1861-1865 (Containing Eyewitness Accounts of Civil War Skirmishes in the Lower Shenandoah Valley)
Charles S. Aadams, 1999
An update of the 1996 edition of military operations in the lower Shenandoah Valley, the book offers brief, often eyewitness accounts of the skirmishes in the four years of the Civil War. Jefferson County today is […]
The Life, trial, and execution of Captain John Brown, known as “Old Brown of Ossawatomie,” with a full account of the attempted insurrection at Harper’s Ferry
Robert M. Dewitt, 1859
The life, trial and execution of Captain John Brown: Capt. John Brown ; His personal appearance ; John Brown’s business engagements ; John Brown as a farmer ; John Brown in Kansas — Facts and rumors […]
Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the American Civil War
Dennis E. Frye, 2012
Harpers Ferry experienced the Civil War like no other place and was a case study of repeated invasions, military operations, martial law, and endless danger. Journey into the Civil War with stories from those who lived, […]
Thunder at Harper’s Ferry
Allan Keller, 1958
The ‘Colored Hero’ of Harper’s Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery
Steven Lubet, 2015
On the night of Sunday, October 16, 1859, hoping to bring about the eventual end of slavery, radical abolitionist John Brown launched an armed attack at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Among his troops, there were only five […]
A voice from Harper’s Ferry. A narrative of events at Harper’s Ferry;
Osborne Perry Anderson, 1861
A unique book from the 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry, this firsthand account of the only black combatant to survive the raid details the story of this turning point in the struggle against slavery and refutes […]
The Strange Story of Harper’s Ferry – With Legends of the Surrounding Country
Joseph Barry, 1903
Originally published in 1903, this volume has a good deal of historical information concerning Harper’s Ferry in the 1850s, leading up to John Brown’s raid, much of Brown’s raid, the civil war in Harper’s Ferry and […]
Six Years of Hell: Harpers Ferry During the Civil War
Chester G. Hearn, 1999
Most written accounts of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, during the civil war era begin and end with John Brown’s raid in 1859. This history of the town during the tumultous war years gives equal attention to the […]
John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Jonathan Earle, 2008
Despised and admired during his life and after his execution, the abolitionist John Brown polarized the nation and remains one of the most controversial figures in U.S. history. His 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, failed […]
Memorial to Confederate Soldiers, Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown W. Va.
Sam Hendricks, 1937
Bivouac of the Dead On September 18, 1937 – 75 years after the bloodbath at Sharpsburg (Antietam) – the people of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, dedicated a lovingly fashioned monument to Confederate soldiers from the area. The […]
The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign, including the Battle of South Mountain, September 2 – 20, 1862 (Savas Beatie Military Atlas)
Bradley M. Gottfried, 2012
<The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign is the fourth installment in the Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series. This magisterial work breaks down the entire campaign (and all related operational maneuvers) into […]
The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. Volume III: Shepherdstown Ford and the End of the Campaign
Ezra A. Carman, Thomas Clemens, 2017
Shepherdstown Ford and the End of the Campaign is the third and final volume of Ezra Carman’s magisterial The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, superbly edited and annotated by Dr. Tom Clemens. The battle of Antietam […]
Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide (This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields)
Ethan S. Rafuse, 2008
In September 1862 the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac conducted one of the truly great campaigns of the Civil War. At South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam, North and […]