Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Bolivar Heights

Bolivar Heights (16K)

Image 1: Bolivar Heights, looking northeast. Bolivar Heights is located west of the town of Harpers Ferry. This picture looks northeast, back toward the town. The hill in the background is Maryland Heights.

It was on these heights that the Union built its fortifications in 1862 in order to defend the town. There isn't much left of the fortifications other than a raised area where the fortifications once existed and had since been filled in.

The pictures shows the hilly nature of the terrain around the town, indicating how easy it was to assault the position with artilery from a distance. During Confederate Major General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's assault on the Federal position at Harper's Ferry in September of 1862, the Federals tried to defend Marylands Heights. The defense was poorly thought out and Maryland Heights fell to the Confederates. From there, Confederate artillery was able to shell the Union position on Bolivar Heights.

This photograph was taken in May, 1999 with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.