Well, it’s undoubtedly a good thing that the Civil War Trust wants to save Harper’s Ferry. Or, at least, thirteen acres of it. And it’s also a good thing that hikers are keeping the Maryland Heights 200 feet above the town as nice as possible.
But how about putting up there four Parrott rifle cannon (replicas will do) and a plaque saying the 13th Mississippi Regiment had a hand in dragging the guns up onto those rocky heights that helped bring the Union troops in the town to their blue knees?
“Fire was opened at once,” Gen. McLaws wrote in his official report, “driving the enemy from their works on the right side of Bolivar Heights and throwing shells into the town.”
History gave credit for the Union surrender to Stonewall Jackson and A.P. Hill, which the brigade’s irritated 17th Regiment diarist Robert A. Moore saw coming in 1862: “Kershaw’s and Barksdale’s Brigades doing the fighting and Gen. T.J. Jackson & his troops getting the credit.”
It’s not too late for a little redress, eh Civil War Trust?