Doc. 62.--Lieut. Jones' official report.
Carlisle barracks, Pa., April 20, 1861. The Assistant Adjutant-General, Headquarters Army, Washington, D. C.:
Sir: Immediately after finishing my despatch of the night of the 18th inst., I received positive and reliable information that 2,500 or 3,000 State troops would reach Harper's Ferry in two hours, from Winchester, and that the troops from Halltown, increased to 300, were advancing, and even at that time — a few minutes after 10 o'clock--within 20 minutes march of the Ferry.
Under these circumstances, I decided the time had arrived to carry out my determination, as expressed in the despatch above referred to, and accordingly gave the order to apply the torch.
In three minutes, or less, both of the Arsenal buildings, containing nearly 15,000 stand of arms, together with the carpenters' shop, which was at the upper end of a long and connected series of workshops of the Armory proper, were in a complete blaze.
There is every re
appreciate — which I fear that the Government does not properly appreciate or understand.
What is the state of the case to-day?
Virginia, the mother of statesmen, and the mother of traitors too. (Cheers.) Virginia has long been pretending to be holding back in this crisis, and standing aloof from the contest, for the purpose of restoring peace.
But what is the fact as now manifested?
She stands forth at the head of this great rebellion.
Twenty-five hundred men appeared yesterday at Harper's Ferry, not to find muskets which Floyd had intended for their use, thank God, but to take possession of the useless armory.
And where did they come from?
They came from Richmond.
And with what purpose?
To arn themselves, and to arm some fifteen thousand other Secessionists, and then to take the capital of Washington on the rear.
(Cheers.) Need I call upon you to go to the rescue?
(Cries of We will. ) That is the talk; that is the duty of American freemen.
We are not to stand here urging