Civil War Next Harpers Ferry, West Virginia  


Harpers Ferry is most famous for John Brown's raid on the armory and arsenal on October 16, 1859. Brown's purpose was to capture guns and ammunition to arm the slaves and win their freedom. The uprising was quelled in 36 hours and Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859. During the Civil War, the town changed hands eight times between 1861 and 1865.