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Chapter 8: sword in hand. The train that left Harper's Ferry carried a panic to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington with it. The passengers, taking all the paper they could find, wrote accounts of the Insurrection, which they threw from the windows as the train rushed onward. At daylight the news spread in Harper's Ferry that the town was in the hands of Abolitionists and the slaves. A terrible panic ensued. Report magnified the numbers of the Invaders forty-fold. The public buildings
e telegraph and railroad tracks were under repair; and the Cabinet at Washington, the Governor of Virginia, and the City of Baltimore, had ordered troops to hasten on to subdue the Liberators.
The last militia force, under Captain Simms, from Maryland, arrived at five o'clock in the afternoon; and with the other companies already there, completely surrounded the Armory buildings.
He arrived in time to prevent another cowardly murder; for the Virginia gentlemen, afraid to attack the engine ho