The rifle-works were next attacked, and speedily carried, being defended by five insurgents only.
These attempted to cross the river, and four of them succeeded in reaching a rock in the middle of it, whence they fought with two hundred Virginians
, who lined either bank, until two of them were dead, and a third mortally wounded, when the fourth surrendered.
's Secretary of War
, was one of the killed.
William H. Leeman
, one of Brown
's captains, being pursued by scores, plunged into the river, a Virginian wading after him. Leeman
turned round, threw up his empty hands, and cried, “Don't shoot!”
The Virginian fired his pistol directly in the youth's face — he was but twenty-two--and shattered his head into fragments.
By this time, all the houses around the Armory
buildings were held by the Virginians.
, who had fired the first shot in the morning, was killed by the sentinel at the Arsenal gate, as he was raising his rifle to fire.
Here Dangerfield Newby
, a Virginia slave, and Jim, one of Col. Washington
's negroes, with a free negro, who had lived on Washington
's estate, were shot dead; and Oliver Brown
, another of the old man's sons, being hit by a ball, came inside of the gate, as his brother Watson had done, lay quietly down without a word, and in a few moments was dead.
, mayor of the town, who came within range of the insurgents' rifles as they were exchanging volleys with the Virginians, was likewise killed.
At the suggestion of Mr. Kitzmiller
, one of Brown
's prisoners, Aaron D. Stevens
, one of his most trusted followers from Kansas
, was sent out with a flag of truce to call a parley, but was instantly shot down by the Virginians, receiving six balls in his person.
, their prisoner, was attacked by scores of them in the parlor where he was confined, but saved for the moment by a young lady throwing herself between him and their presented rifles, because, as she afterward explained, she “did not want the carpet spoiled.”
He was dragged out to the bridge, there shot in cold blood, and his body riddled with balls at the base of the pier, whither he had fallen forty feet from the bridge.
By this time, more militia had arrived from every quarter, and a party from Martinsburgh
, led by a railroad conductor, attacked the Armory
buildings in the rear, while a detachment of the same force assailed them in front.
, seeing that his assailants were in overwhelming force, retreated to the engine-house, where he repulsed his assailants, who lost two killed and six wounded.
Still, militia continued to pour in; the telegraph and railroad having been completely repaired, so that the Government
, Gov. Wise
, and the authorities at Baltimore
, were in immediate communication with Harper's Ferry
, and hurrying forward troops from all quarters to overwhelm the remaining handful of insurgents, whom terror and rumor had multiplied to twenty times their actual number.
At five P. M., Capt. Simms
arrived, with militia from Maryland
, and completed the investment of the Armory
buildings, whence eighteen prisoners had already been liberated upon the retreat of Brown
to the engine-house.