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Harpers Ferry

[hahr-perz] /ˈhɑr pərz/
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. Unabridged
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Harpers Ferry definition

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 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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