Harpers Ferry is a historic town situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. During the Civil War it was the northernmost point of Confederate-controlled territory. It has been called “the best strategic point in the whole South.
What I found important in Harpers Ferry is that in 1859, abolitionist John Brown led 21 men down the road to Harpers Ferry. The plan was to take the town’s federal armory and, ultimately, ignite a nationwide uprising against slavery. The raid failed, but six years later, Brown’s dream was realized and slavery became illegal.
While wandering around I thought about the civil war. Over 150 years later, we seem to be fighting the same issues. How much longer will it take for real equality? I don’t understand what all the nostalgia is for the confederacy. I find it shameful.
On a lighter note, the Shenandoah valley is beautiful! I got to hike on the Appalachian Trail while crossing the bridge.