Chapter 8: sword in hand.
The train that left Harper
's Ferry carried a panic to Virginia
, 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 were already in the hands of the Liberators, and at the bridges, and the corners of the principal streets, armed sentinels, wrapped in blankets, were seen stationed, or walking up and down.
Every man who appeared in the street was forthwith arrested and imprisoned in the Armory
. Captain Brown
and his sons Oliver
and two others, were stationed inside of the Armory grounds
, with Leeman
, Stewart Taylor
, (black,) and Copeland
, (colored,) held the lower part of the town and the rifle works; Cook
, Owen Brown
, and Barclay Coppoc were stationed at the cabins of