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Harpers Ferry

[hahr-perz] /ˈhɑr pərz/
noun
1.
a town in NE West Virginia at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers: site of John Brown's raid 1859.
Also, Harper's Ferry.
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Harper's Ferry

/ˈhɑːpəz/
noun
1.
a village in NE West Virginia, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers: site of an arsenal seized by John Brown (1859). Pop: 302 (2003 est)
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The place now in West Virginia where the militant abolitionist John Brown was captured in 1859, after he seized a federal arsenal there.

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Encyclopedia Article for harper's ferry

Harpers Ferry

town, Jefferson county, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, U.S., at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, in the Blue Ridge Mountains where West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland converge. When the town was part of Virginia, it was the site of the Harpers Ferry Raid, one of the major incidents precipitating the American Civil War, and of several battles of the war.

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