placed barrels of it so as to not only destroy the buildings but any persons who might approach them.
They then sent out mounted sentinels for two or three miles on different roads to watch the approach of the Virginia
One of these, about 9 p. m., hailed Colonel Allen
and his command on the road to Charlestown
; when the colonel ordered a charge to capture him, he rode off rapidly and reported to Jones
, who at about 10 p. m. fired the buildings and crossed with his command into Maryland
By great exertions, notwithstanding the danger from explosions, the citizens (who had gathered in large numbers) and soldiers promptly proceeded to put out the fires and prevent them from spreading, thus saving many thousand stand of arms from the arsenal and preventing any damage to the armory, the removal of the machinery from which, to Richmond
, was immediately begun.
On the 22d, news reached Harper's Ferry
had passed the ordinance of secession, relieving the fears of many of the officers and troops that had been assembled there, that they had been acting unlawfully.
Within a week after the capture of, Harper's Ferry
some 1,300 Virginia
troops, the armed and equipped volunteer companies of the militia, were there assembled under the commands of Brigadier-Generals Carson
, from whose jurisdictions they had been summoned, and all under Major-General Harper
, as division commander of the militia.
These officers, in the full and brilliant uniforms of their rank, and each with a large staff, made an imposing display as they rode through the camps and around the vicinity of Harper's Ferry
The reign of the militia lasted about ten days, during which the only marked event was an ordering of the command under arms, on the night of the 25th, to capture a train of Federal troops reported as coming from the West
, but which was found to have on it only General Harney
of the United States army, who was taken prisoner.
, on the 20th, had prohibited the Baltimore
from passing troops across Virginia
over that road.
relates that he improvised caissons for his artillery from horse carts found in the armory; procured harness from Baltimore
with his own means, and ordered red flannel
shirts and other service clothing for his men