From a participant in the engagement, we have obtained some particulars with reference to the investment and subsequent surrender of Harper's Ferry
Our informant states that Gen. Jackson
on Thursday taking the Hagerstown
road, and at the same time the divisions of Gens. McLaws
and R. H. Anderson
moved from the vicinity of Frederick
for the Maryland Heights
, overlooking the town of Harper's Ferry
On Wednesday, the division of Gen. Walker
was sent down to destroy the canal aqueduct at the month of the Monocacy
, and arrived at the point during that night.
The next morning, early, before they had accomplished their purpose, an order was received from Gen. Lee
, directing Gen. Walker
to proceed with his forces, by forced marches, to the Loudoun Heights
, via Point of Rocks
, to prevent the enemy at Harper's Ferry
from escaping in that direction.
The division crossed the river at Point of Rocks
, nine miles below Harper's Ferry
, and on Friday evening reached the position assigned them.
's force reached Williamsport
men the Potomac
, on Friday morning, and immediately crossed and moved on Martinsburg
twenty miles above Harper's Ferry
, where there were some three or four thousand of the enemy's forces.
On the approach of Gen. Jackson
this force fell back, and united with the force at Harper's Ferry
, be loved to number about five thousand. Gen. Jackson
pursued, and on Saturday morning reached Halltown
, four miles Southwest of Harper's Ferry
From this point be dispatched a courier to General Walker
, then in possession of the Heights
south of the town, directing him not to open his guns upon the enemy's fortifications until he (Gen.
J.) got in position, of which he promised to notify General Walker
Meanwhile the divisions of McLaws
, after but little resistance, had become masters of the Heights
on the Maryland
side, the enemy leaving them, and joining the forces in their entrenchments on the Virginia
side of the river.--On Saturday night General Walker
received orders from General Jackson
to open fire upon the enemy at daylight on Sunday morning. In obedience to this order, at day-down the stillness of the Sabbath was broken by the opening of Walkers
guns upon the fortifications of the enemy on Bolivar Heights, tow miles above the railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry
At the same time the attack was made by the forces under General Jackson
, and the fight, which was desperate and determined, continued throughout the day — McLaws
shelling from the Maryland
The enemy resisted with great spirit, and their guns, of which they had a large number in position, were handled with great effect upon the column of Gen. Jackson
, which had to approach them through an open space, where their guns had unobstructed play.--The shells from Walker
's batteries and the impetuous attacks of Jackson
's men rendered their entrenchments on Bolivar Heights too warm for the enemy, and late in the evening they fell back to Camp Hill
, one miles in rear of the Bolivar fortifications.
Here they had heavy guns planted and strong entrenchments thrown up, but within easy range of the batteries of McLaws
, on the opposite heights.
Night coming on, the struggle ceased, Jackson
's forces occupying the deserted entrenchments on the hills of Bolivar
That night old ‘"Stonewall
"’ sent a message to General Walker
that his forces were in possession of the enemy's first line of entrenchments, and that with God's blessing, he would have Harper's Ferry
and the Federal
forces early the next morning.
At daylight the next morning (Monday) the fight was renewed, the enemy still offering an obstinate resistance, until about seven o'clock A. M., when their colors were struck and a capitulation proposed.
Of the terms of this capitulation we have learned no particulars, but conclude that they involved the unconditional surrender of the whole force, negroes as well as Yankees.
About 9 o'clock our forces entered the second line of entrenchments, the enemy having surrendered everything, guns, ordnance, and commissary stores, &c. The number of the enemy is variously estimated at from seven to twelve thousand, and the negroes from fifteen hundred to two thousand.
Of our losses we are not apprised, but judge from reports that Gen. Jackson
's column suffered pretty heavily.
's division we had five killed, three of these by the accidental explosion of a shell.
Among the killed in this division we have heard the name of Lieut. Robertson
, of French
Since the above was written we have received the following additional particulars contained in a letter to Gov. Letcher
, from Col. Francis H. Smith
, Sept. 16--After the advance of our army to Frederick
, and the issuing of the admirable proclamation to the people of Maryland
, a movement took place with our troops, seemingly in the direction of Pennsylvania
, but really for an important movement into Virginia
After sending a portion of his troops to occupy and hold the Maryland Heights
, Gen. Jackson
was directed by Gen. Lee
to recross the Potomac
, take possession of Martinsburg
, and then pass rapidly behind Harper's Ferry
, that a capture might be effected of the garrison and stores known to be there.
The movement was admirably conducted.
fell, with a capture of 150 prisoners and some stores, the most being taken to the Ferry
The investment of Harper's Ferry
was effected on Saturday.
Sunday morning there was some firing and it was renewed yesterday morning, and the result the unconditional surrender of the garrison--10,000 men with all the arms, fifty pieces of artillery, ammunition, 100 wagons, quartermaster and commissary stores, and many cars, some of which were loaded, and 600 negroes.
This important conquest was effected without the loss of a man on our side.
So much is official.
It is reported that the cavalry 1,000 in number, escaped by Shepherdstown
Another account, received late last night, says that the surrender took place on Monday morning last at 10 o'clock. The firing commanded as early as 5 o'clock in the morning.
Shortly after, the Yankee
sent out a flag of truce, proposing a conditional surrender; but our firing did not cease when another flag was sent proposing an unconditional surrender, when the firing ceased.
, the Federal
commander, is reported to be wounded.
The results of this surrender, according to this last account, are as follows: 12,000 Yankee 12,000 Rufield rifles, 50 cannon, 100 four horse team a number of fine artillery horses, a large quantity of ammunition, some quartermaster and commissary stores, and 1,000 ‘"contrabands."’
Gordonsville, Sept. 19,
--At Harper's Ferry
we paroled 11,090 privates, 425 officers, took 2,000 negroes, 15,000 stand of small arms, and forty-six pieces of cannon.
's battery took 500 horses.
Our loss was three killed and forty wounded. The battle commenced Sunday morning, and opened again Monday at daylight.
Their dead were covered in the ditches — we couldn't tell how many.
In the fight at Sharpsburg
we took 3,000 prisoners. Gen. Garland
and Col. Strange
Gen. D. H. Hill
was roughly handed, but managed to hold the enemy in check.