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Where: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland The story: John Brown tried to ignite an uprising among local enslaved people with his 1859 raid on the federal armory in the town of Harpers Ferry. Instead, federal troops under Colonel Robert E. Lee defeated his followers and the state of Virginia sentenced him to death. Still, the insurrection added fuel to the fire that led to the Civil War. Violence returned to Harpers Ferry in 1862, when Confederate troops won a battle there on their way to Antietam. What you helped to save: In 2002, NPCA and its advocates led a campaign to protect the historic Murphy Farm from a proposed 200-unit housing development, achieving permanent protection for the site as part of the park. NPCA and our allies then successfully advocated for legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2004 to add more than 1,200 acres to the national park, and secured the necessary federal grants. In 2013, NPCA helped purchase four acres of undeveloped land in the heart of the battlefield to add to the park. When to see it: Witness live artillery demonstrations on April 25 and 26 as the park commemorates Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862.

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Editor of Online Communications Jennifer Errick