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Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864

Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864

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In early July 1864, a quickly patched together force of outnumbered Union soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace prepared for a last-ditch defense along the banks of the Monocacy River. Behind them, barely fifty miles away, lay the capital of the United States, open to attack. Facing Wallace's men were Lt. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederates. In just under a month, they had cleared the Shenandoah Valley of Union soldiers and crossed the Potomac River, invading the north for the third time in the war. The veterans in Early's force could almost imagine their flags flying above the White House. A Confederate victory near Washington could be all the pro-peace platforms in the north needed to defeat Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming election. Then came Monocacy. Over the course of the day, Union and Confederate soldiers attacked and counter-attacked, filling the fields just south of Frederick, Maryland, with the dead and wounded. By the end of the day, Wallace's men fell into retreat, but they had done their job: they had slowed Jubal Early. The fighting at Monocacy soon became known as the "Battle that Saved Washington." Determined to Stand and Fight by Ryan T. Quint tells the story of that pivotal day and an even more pivotal campaign that went right to the gates of Washington, D.C. Readers can enjoy the narrative and then easily follow along on a nine-stop driving tour around the battlefield and into the streets of historic Frederick. Another fascinating title from the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series. About the Author: Ryan Quint graduated from the University of Mary Washington, and is a seasonal park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Publisher: Savas Beatie LLC. Paperback, 172 Pages. Measures 8.9"x5.9"x0.5" . Weighs 10.9 oz.
Echoes from a Pioneer Life

Echoes from a Pioneer Life

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The subject of this autobiography, Jared Maurice Arter, was born a slave Jan. 27, 1850. He first saw the light in a little one-room log cabin, on a small farm lying on both sides of the Winchester Turnpike and the Shepherdstown Highway, at their crossing. The Big House on this farm, located four miles from each, marked the half-way point between the now famous towns of Harper's Ferry and Charles Town both in Jefferson County, W. Va. Jared well remembers the John Brown Raid and the great excitement arising therefrom. The master of the Little plantation, William Schaeffer, of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction, was inspector of arms in the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry. He was accustomed to rise and leave home on horseback at 5 o'clock of mornings, to eat breakfast with his mother and father in Bolivar, and to go from there to his work in the arsenal. On the morning of the John Brown Raid he left at 5 o'clock as usual. Soon the news spread that Brown and his men had made a raid through the county on the previous night, had taken into custody a number of the leading citizens, had captured Harper's Ferry and the arsenal and had barricaded himself and his men in the engine-house of the armory and was holding the captured citizens as prisoners or hostages. Publisher: A. B. Caldwell Publishing Company. Paperback, 102 pages. Measures 7.5" x 9.5" x 0.25". Weighs 7.7 oz. 
Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry

Faces of Union Soldiers at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry

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The first Confederate invasion of the North in the fall of 1862 led to a series of engagements known as the Maryland Campaign. Though best remembered for its climax, there was desperate fighting at both South Mountain and Harpers Ferry prior to the bloodletting at Antietam Creek. These battles in particular were desperate affairs of bloody attacks and determined defense. In this work are the images of thirty Union soldiers, published here for the first time, that help give a face and a history to those men who struggled up the slopes of South Mountain or sheltered from Confederate cannons at Harpers Ferry. Join Matthew Borders and Joseph Stahl as they introduce you to these men, their battles and their stories. Publisher: History Press. Paperback, 190 Pages. Measures 9"x6"x0.25" . Weighs 14.5 oz.
Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army

Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army

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On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of eighteen raiders descended on Harpers Ferry. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages, and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18. The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted, and hanged. Among Brown's fighters were five African American men--John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby, Lewis Leary, and Osborne Perry Anderson--whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and who, even today, are little remembered. Only Anderson survived, later publishing the lone insider account of the event that, most historians agree, was a catalyst to the catastrophic American Civil War that followed. Five for Freedom is the story of these five brave men, the circumstances in which they were born and raised, how they came together at this fateful time and place, and the legacies they left behind. It is an American story that continues to resonate. Author: Eugene L. Meyer. Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books. Hardcover, 282 pages. Measures 6.25" x 9.25" x 1". Weighs 1 lb. 6 oz.
Gap Night Sky Mug

Gap Night Sky Mug

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16 oz American made mug hand thrown by artisan potters from Sunset Hill Stoneware in Wisconsin. Night Sky blue featuring the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Gap logo. Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe. Mug measures 4" x 5" x 4.5". Weighs 1 lb 6.1 oz.
Guide to the Geology & Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Guide to the Geology & Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or visit the national and state parks scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will encounter an incredible variety of natural landscapes, microclimates, and fascinating rock formations. Over millions of years the ecosystems thriving here have evolved into some of the world's most diverse collections of flora and fauna. Full of rich detail and easy to use, this beautifully illustrated full-color guide to the region was written and designed for great accessibility, whether you're a first-time visitor looking to understand the Parkway's spectacular views or an experienced geology or nature enthusiast. Beginning with an overview of the major geological and environmental processes that shape the Blue Ridge, the book includes a series of field guides to specific localities scattered along a 670-mile journey that begins at Catoctin Mountain in Maryland and concludes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. You will find points of interest along the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as side trips to nearby sites, including detailed itineraries and information on accommodations, trails, and local attractions. The book concludes with an illustrated identification guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains' many rocks, minerals, trees, plants, flowers, and birds. For those seeking a greater understanding of the inner workings of the geology and natural history of the Blue Ridge, this is an indispensable companion. Publisher: Edgar W. Spencer. Paperback, 388 pages. Measures 6" x 9" x 1". Weighs 1 lb 14.3 oz.
MAGNET Car HAFE

HAFE Car Magnet

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Car magnet with Harpers Ferry NPS abbreviation. Text reads: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. HAFE. West Virginia.Measures 5.75" x 4". 
STICKER HAFE Trio

HAFE Trio Sticker

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Set of 3 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park stickers.Smaller stickers 2.5" x 1.5". Larger sticker 5.5" x 3.25".
TOKEN Appalachian Trail

Harpers Ferry Appalachian Trail Token

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Collectible token with Appalachian Trail image on one side and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park text on other side. 1" x 1".
Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change

Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change

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Focusing on the day-to-day operations of the U.S. armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, from 1798 to 1861, this book shows what the "new technology" of mechanized production meant in terms of organization, management, and worker morale. A local study of much more than local significance, it highlights the major problems of technical innovation and social adaptation in antebellum America. Merritt Roe Smith describes how positions of authority at the armory were tied to a larger network of political and economic influence in the community; how these relationships, in turn, affected managerial behavior; and how local social conditions reinforced the reactions of decision makers. He also demonstrates how craft traditions and variant attitudes toward work vis-à-vis New England created an atmosphere in which the machine was held suspect and inventive activity was hampered. Of central importance is the author's analysis of the drastic differences between Harpers Ferry and its counterpart, the national armory at Springfield, Massachusetts, which played a pivotal role in the emergence of the new technology. The flow of technical information between the two armories, he shows, moved in one direction only― north to south. "In the end," Smith concludes, "the stamina of local culture is paramount in explaining why the Harpers Ferry armory never really flourished as a center of technological innovation." Pointing up the complexities of industrial change, this account of the Harpers Ferry experience challenges the commonly held view that Americans have always been eagerly receptive to new technological advances. Publisher: Cornell University Press. Paperback, 364 pages. Measures 9" x 5.75" x 0.8". Weighs 1 lb 2.1 oz.