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Harpers Ferry planning Civil War artillery show

Tuesday - 7/17/2012, 9:13am  ET

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The living history staff at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is planning Civil War artillery demonstrations this weekend.

Visitors can see and hear the power of the Union artillery that defended a garrison during the Siege of 1862. The guns will fire at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Eastern Panhandle park.

A military camp on the Bolivar Heights Battlefield is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., too.

On Sept. 15, 1862, some 12,700 Union soldiers surrendered to Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in Harpers Ferry. It was the largest surrender of Union troops during the American Civil War.

Jackson's men then marched north to meet Gen. Robert E. Lee near Sharpsburg, Md., saving his flank from annihilation in the Battle of Antietam.

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