The Mariners’ Park Café / Open to the Public
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café!
When General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland in early September 1862, he needed to protect his supply line. Lee divided his army and sent Stonewall Jackson to capture Harpers Ferry. Colonel Nelson Miles, in command of the Union garrison, failed to defend the heights surrounding the town. The Confederates quickly occupied them, and bombarded Harpers Ferry. More than 12,000 Union soldiers surrendered on September 15, 1862. This victory allowed Jackson to take his command to Sharpsburg to support Lee during the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam.