St. Peter's Church, Harpers Ferry,
and Bridge Ruins, 1861.

weave-bar image

The photograph below, taken from across the Potomac River, shows Harpers Ferry and the ruins of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad bridge, which was destroyed by Confederate forces in June, 1861, and would be destroyed and rebuilt nine times during the War (Hearn 1996: 288). The front (east) facade of St. Peter's Church appears on the upper left, with its three, prominent, arched windows. The Armory buildings stand along the Potomac in the upper right portion of this photo. This and other Civil War photographs are available in the Library of Congress' American Memory Collections.

Another panoramic photograph, taken in 1862, shows remarkably clear details of the Church and surrounding town.

1861 Photograph

weave-bar image

Return to History of St. Peter's Church

Harpers Ferry Regional Geography page

© 2003 Copyright and All Rights Reserved
by Christopher Fennell
Last Modified: December 14, 2007