By Garrett Radke
February 21, 2013
I am an official National Park Service Photographer. A big part of my job is to capture moments of people appreciating our national parks. I am the photographer and the NPS owns the copyright to this picture. It has been made public domain and thus I have the right to give you permission to use it. This image captures Chief Historian Dennis Frye as he explains the field of battle during the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Harpers Ferry.
As a vital early American town, Harpers Ferry was a staging point for the Lewis and Clark expedition, and in 1859 abolishonist John Brown's raid on the federal armory helped spark the U.S. Civil War. In 1906, Storer College in Harpers Ferry hosted a seminal meeting of early civil rights leaders. These sites from American history as well as sites from the 1862 seige and defense of Harpers Ferry are part of the national park.