had concentrated some 60,000 of his men in front of Lee
; and, from the vicinity of Boonsboro
, was telegraphing to Washington
about his ‘flying foe,’ and the ‘routed rebels’ he had driven, in a ‘perfect panic,’ from South
mountain; while his corps commanders were slowly and cautiously finding their way along the excellent stone roads that converged toward Sharpsburg
The investment of Harper's Ferry
was completed during the night of the 14th, and batteries were in position on Maryland
and Loudoun heights
, and in front of Bolivar heights, ready to enforce Jackson
's demand for a surrender on the morning of the 15th.
The assaulting column, under A. P. Hill
, that brave and fearless leader, was ready to spring forward at the word of command to join in enforcing, if need be, the demand for a surrender.
A few shots convinced the Federal
commander that his position was untenable, and after a brief parley he gave up the place with its 11,000 men, their arms and equipments,73 pieces of artillery, and numerous stores.
The Federal cavalry at Harper's Ferry
escaped during the night of the 14th, by crossing the pontoon and finding their way along the tow path of the canal, up the river and across to McClellan
, meeting and damaging Longstreet
's train on the way.
Leaving A. P. Hill
in charge of the details of the surrender, and with orders to parole the captured Federals and send them adrift toward Frederick City, to tangle and impede the advance of any of McClellan
's forces from that direction, Jackson
hastened, without delay, to join Lee
, marching his men to the fords of the Potomac
, and not far from Sharpsburg
, before he allowed them to go into bivouac, but leaving many of his best men along the way, overcome by sheer exhaustion.
J. G. Walker
's 3,200 came across the Shenandoah
from Loudoun heights
and followed close behind Jackson
Near the dawn of the morning of the 16th, Jackson
, in the road opposite where the Federal
cemetery now is, in front of Sharpsburg
, and reported that his men were just behind, crossing the Potomac
, and would soon arrive ready to be placed in position.
After congratulating Jackson
upon the success of their operations at Harper's Ferry
expressed his confidence that he could now hold his ground until the