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The Strange Story of Harper's Ferry With Legends of the Surrounding Country by Joseph Barry

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THE STRANGE STORY OF HARPER'S FERRY

WITH LEGENDS OF THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY

BY

JOSEPH BARRY

A resident of the place for half a century

PRINTING HISTORY

1st Printing By Thompson Brothers, Martinsburg, W. Va. 1903

2nd Printing Published By The Woman's Club of Harpers Ferry District (Printed By The Shepherdstown Register, Inc., Shepherdstown, W. Va.) 1958

3rd Printing Published By The Woman's Club of Harpers Ferry District (Printed By The Shepherdstown Register, Inc., Shepherdstown, W. Va.) 1959

4th Printing Published By The Woman's Club of Harpers Ferry District (Printed By The Shepherdstown Register, Inc., Shepherdstown, W. Va.) 1964

5th Printing Published By The Woman's Club of Harpers Ferry District (Printed By The Shepherdstown Register, Inc., Shepherdstown, W. Va.) 1967

6th Printing Published By The Woman's Club of Harpers Ferry District (Printed By The Shepherdstown Register, Inc., Shepherdstown, W. Va.) 1969

Copyright, 1903, by JOSEPH BARRY

PREFACE

The =real story= of Harper's Ferry is sad, and but little less wild and romantic than the old time legends that abound in the long settled country around. The =facts= of the story we give with scrupulous =exactness=. We, ourselves, have witnessed many of the most important incidents narrated and, for what happened before our time, we have the evidence of old settlers of the highest character and veracity.

The =legends= are =consistent=, even though they may have no other claim on our consideration. They never have more than one version, although one narrator may give more facts than another. The narratives never =contradict= one another in any material way, which goes to show that there was a time when everybody around believed the main facts.

THE AUTHOR.

[Illustration: JOHN BROWN'S FORT]

THE STRANGE STORY OF HARPER'S FERRY

CHAPTER I.

Harper's Ferry, including Bolivar, is a town which, before the war of the late rebellion, contained a population of about three thousand nine tenths of whom were whites. At the breaking out of hostilities nearly all the inhabitants left their homes some casting their lots with "the confederacy" and about an equal number with the old government. On the restoration of peace, comparatively few of them returned. A great many colored people, however, who came at various times with the armies from southern Virginia, have remained, so that the proportion of the races at the place is materially changed. Also, many soldiers of the national army who married Virginia ladies, during the war, have settled there and, consequently, the town yet contains a considerable number of inhabitants. The present population may be set down at sixteen hundred whites and seven hundred blacks. The village is situated in Jefferson county, now West Virginia, at the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah, at the base and in the very shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountain. The distance from Washington City is fifty five miles, and from Baltimore eighty one miles. The Baltimore and Ohio railroad crosses the Potomac, at the place, on a magnificent bridge and the Winchester and Potomac railroad, now absorbed by the Baltimore and Ohio, has its northern terminus in the town. The Chesapeake and Ohio canal, also, is in the immediate neighborhood. Within the last twelve years, the place has become a favorite summer resort for the people of Washington City and, from about the first of June to the last of October, it is visited by tourists from every part of the northern states and Europe.

The scenery around the place is celebrated for its grandeur, and Thomas Jefferson has immortalized it in a fine description composed, it is said, on a remarkable rock that commands a magnificent view of both rivers and their junction... Continue reading book >>




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