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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Ordnance Department, Richmond.Va.,may 26, 1861. (search)
a messenger who arrived here this morning from within one mile of Harper's Ferry that the bridge across the Potomac at that point was blown up, and entirely destroyed between four and five o'clock this morning. The explosion was distinctly heard and the smoke seen by parties there. It is reported that eight car loads of provisions were destroyed to prevent their falling into the hands of the Federalists, who were supposed to be concentrating upon Harper's Ferry from the direction of Greencastle and Cumberland. the messenger further reports that all the troops have been withdrawn from the Maryland shore, and that the town of Harper's Ferry has been evacuated by the great body of the Confederate troops recently there. A small force is yet there, probably the rear guard of the retreating army. The wife and family of Gen. Huger were at the Ferry last night, and had engaged a private conveyance from this city to take them to a point further southward, but were compelled to