--The Washington Republican
contains the following likely, "developments," in relation to Harper's Ferry
The passage of the secession ordinance by the traitor Convention of Virginia
was at first a secret; and before its promulgation at Richmond
, the delegates from the Harper's Ferry
region had returned to their homes.--The instant of their arrival there they summoned together the militia officers of their neighborhoods, told them that "another John Brown
raid" had been made at Harper's Ferry
; and that they had been sent by Gov. Letcher
, in obedience to a requisition made by President Lincoln,
to call out the militia to repel the invasion.
This appeal was promptly responded to, and Harper's Ferry
was taken possession of by a body of men who believed they were acting under the authority of the United States Government, and who never understood, their true position until, after a few days, they found strangers, secession leaders from the South
, superseding their officers, and strange soldiers from distant parts looking with suspicion upon themselves.
, of White Post, Clarke county
, at present distinguished as a proscriptive and cruel officer of rebels in that region, was peculiarly adroit and energetic in consummating this great act of villainy, which, like almost every act as yet performed by the rebel horde, is characterized by meanness, falsehood, and fraud, toward the loyal and peace-loving portion of their own citizens.
The foregoing statement has been made to us by an intelligent and truthful witness, and sufferer of the wrongs enacted in Clarke
and Jefferson counties