acknowledges that he has been disappointed in his expectations of aid from the black as well as the white population, both in the Southern
and Northern States.
The blacks whom he forced from their homes in this neighborhood, as far as I could learn, gave him no voluntary assistance.
The servants. . . retained at the armory, took no part in the conflict . . . and returned to their homes as soon as released.
The result proves the plan was the attempt of a fanatic or madman, which could only end in failure; and its temporary success was owing to the panic and confusion he succeeded in creating by magnifying his numbers.’
, by order of Secretary of War John B. Floyd
, turned over to the United States marshal and to the sheriff of Jefferson county, Va.
and two white men and two negroes.
Ten of the white men and two of the negroes associated with Brown
were killed during the combat with them; one white man, Cook
, escaped, but was subsequently captured and executed; and one negro was unaccounted for. The insurgents killed three white men, Mr. F. Beckham
, the mayor of Harper's Ferry
, Mr. G. W. Turner
, one of the first citizens of Jefferson county
, and Private Quinn
of the marine corps, and a negro railroad porter; they wounded eight white citizens and one of the marine corps.
After this affair was over, great alarm was caused by a report, about sundown of the 18th, from Pleasant valley
, that a body of men had descended from the mountains.
and was massacring the residents of that valley.
, though incredulous, promptly headed a body of marines and hastened to the locality named, only to find the alarm false.
In concluding his report, Colonel Lee
expressed his thanks to Lieutenants Stuart
and Major Russell
‘for the aid they afforded me, and my entire commendation of the conduct of the detachment of marines, who were at all times ready and prompt in the execution of any duty.
The promptness with which the volunteer troops repaired to the scene of disturbance, and the alacrity they displayed to suppress the gross outrage against law and order, I know will elicit your hearty approbation.’
He enclosed to Cooper
a printed copy of the provisional constitution and ordinances for the people of the United States
, of which there was found a large number prepared for issue by the insurgents.