• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

Curriculum Materials

War for Freedom: African Americans in the Era of the Civil War - a curriculum developed by the American History Workshop for use by the National Park Service.

National Park Service Jeopardy
This powerpoint is designed as a game. Project in class and challenge your students' knowledge of their National Parks!

Harpers Ferry Jeopardy
There are two rounds of Harpers Ferry Jeopardy. The first round covers basic information and the second round is very specific to industry and archeology.
Harpers Ferry Jeopardy Round 1
Harpers Ferry Jeopardy Round 2

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    Incident at Harpers Ferry: John Brown's Raid, 1859

    John Brown had a burning desire to destroy the evil institution of slavery; this drove him to organize the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, site of the U.S. Musket Factory. Although Brown’s raid didn’t “succeed,” it helped propel our country into war, a conflict which would eventually bring about the end of slavery. What happened during the raid? Why was the South so frightened by this event? What effect did the raid, Brown’s words during his trial, and his execution have on our country?

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    Incident at Harpers Ferry: Slavery and John Brown

    John Brown was brought up in a strict Calvinist environment, in which he was taught that slavery was a sin. With a difficult personal life, including loss of his first wife and little success as a businessman, in 1855 Brown set out to do something he had always detested – slavery. What was the institution of slavery like in our country? What did Brown do out in Kansas? Is it ever okay to use violence to bring about needed change?

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    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Emancipation!

    Following the 1862 Battles of Harpers Ferry and Antietam, General Robert E. Lee’s army retreated back to Virginia, providing President Lincoln with the victory he needed; he could now issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Although this document didn’t end the war, it changed the meaning of the war and proved crucial to its eventual outcome. What did it say? What didn’t it say? Why was it so important? And what happened to the members of Company A, 126th New York?

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    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Rats in a Cage

    When Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland in September 1862, he found it necessary to eliminate the threat to his rear – the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. This led to the crucial Battle and Siege of Harpers Ferry, an operation that resulted in the surrender of over 12,000 Union soldiers, the largest surrender of U.S. troops until World War II. And what part did the 126th New York play in this battle?

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    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Harpers Ferry is the Key!

    When war broke out in April 1861, Harpers Ferry was still producing weapons for the U.S. Government, but that spring, the Confederates dismantled both weapons’ factories and sent the machines south. Yet Harpers Ferry remained important to the Union. Why? Students will learn about the town’s importance, a little bit about soldier life, and of the 126th New York’s first experiences in this border town after their arrival in August 1862.

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    The Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862: Joining Up!

    When war broke out in April 1861, thousands of young men rushed to join the colors. Why were they so anxious to go off to war? Then, after the horrors of war had been exposed, why were thousands more willing to enlist in 1862? Why did men of central New York decide to join a new unit, the 126th New York Volunteer Infantry in August of 1862? Each student will receive the identity of an actual soldier from that regiment, and eventually find out what happened to him as a result of the war.

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