Capture of Harper's Ferry Armory.
The Commissioners sent on by the Governor
to take possession of Harper's Ferry
, have returned.
The people in the vicinity were opposed to the act. It is stated that after being addressed by the Commissioners
, and after witnessing the conduct of the United States troops, they joined in the seizure with fervor.
The Alexandria Gazette
, of Saturday, says:
By the down train on the Alexandria
Railroad, we have the following important information:
The Arsenal at Harper's Ferry
is in ruins, with 16,000 stand of arms.
At 12 o'clock last night, the Horse troops from Fauquier
, under Lieutenant Randolph
and Captain T. R. Ashby
, arrived at Harper's Ferry
, and demanded the surrender of the Arsenal.
A parley was asked by the garrison, and in a few minutes flames were seen to burst from the buildings, they having been fired during the parley, by the garrison, which escaped across the river, leaving nothing but burning ruins behind them.
The troops via the Manassas Road
had not arrived.
A train laid to blow up the work-shop failed, and as a consequence Virginia
gets the machinery uninjured.
A train was also laid to blow up the bridge, but in the baste of departure the retiring troops neglected to apply the match.
of yesterday says:
, (member of the Virginia Legislature from Stafford county
,) had been detailed with a body of Virginia
troops to visit Harper's Ferry
, and proceeded to that place on Friday last.
When Mr. Seddon
arrived at Harper's Ferry
, the citizens of that place, under the impression that the State
authorities were about to make an unlawful seizure of their property, to the number of some 250 or 300, opposed the supposed invasion of their rights.
On the arrival of 300 Virginia
troops, the Federal
troops, fearing they would be overpowered, fired the Armory
and evacuated it. As soon as this was done, the citizens of Harper's Ferry
saw the mistake they had made, and, with the State
troops, rushed forward to extinguish the fire and save the property within the Armory
, which they succeeded in doing in a great measure.
All of the machinery was saved uninjured, and 5,000 of the improved patent muskets were saved, and are now on the way to Richmond
All of the buildings at Harper's Ferry
, and 9,000 of the old smooth-bore muskets, were destroyed.
There are now 2,300 State troops guarding Harper's Ferry
,April 20.--It is now ascertained that about 8,000 stand of arms were saved at Harper's Ferry
, half of them being incomplete.
Seven of the U. S. troops there have deserted, and joined the Virginians.
The Washington city
National Volunteers are deserting, and flocking down to us to-day.
The Gunpowder bridge
, was blown up yesterday, to prevent the passage of troops.
It is nearly a mile long.
Passengers say the Baltimorean are a unit to resist the passage of troops.