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Battlefields, Battles and Graves
On July 13, the british camped near here and Braddock died that night. He was buried under the road, in an unmarked grave to keep it from being disturbed by Indians.

Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam Burnside Bridge

The Battle of Antietam was named after Antietam Creek. It is also known, in the South, as the Battle of Sharpsburg because it was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle was fought on September 17th, 1862. The Battle of Antietam was the first major Civil War Battle to take place on northern land. There were about 23,000 casualties.
Here at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, July 3rd 1754, Lieutenant colonel George Washington fought his first battle which marked the beginning of the French and Indian War in America and started the Seven Years War in Europe. "A cannon shot fired in the woods of America." Said Voltaire, "Was the signal that set all Europe in a blaze."
In 1860 Harpers Ferry was a thriving industrial community, by 1861 it was a prize of war. Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861. within twenty four hours retreating federal troops had torched the U.S. Armory and southern forces had taken control of the town. Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson surrounded the town in September of 1862.



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