From the Baltimore Sun
of Saturday, we copy the following dispatches, made up by the Northern Associated Press
Frederick, June 14
--It is here reported upon the authority of a messenger who arrived here this morning from within one mile of Harper's Ferry
that the bridge across the Potomac
at that point was blown up, and entirely destroyed between four and five o'clock this morning.
The explosion was distinctly heard and the smoke seen by parties there.
It is reported that eight car loads of provisions were destroyed to prevent their falling into the hands of the Federalists, who were supposed to be concentrating upon Harper's Ferry
from the direction of Greencastle
the messenger further reports that all the troops have been withdrawn from the Maryland
shore, and that the town of Harper's Ferry
has been evacuated by the great body of the Confederate
troops recently there.
A small force is yet there, probably the rear guard of the retreating army.
The wife and family of Gen. Huger
were at the Ferry
last night, and had engaged a private conveyance from this city to take them to a point further southward, but were compelled to accompany the column in its sudden flight.
The destruction of the bridge may be regarded as certain.
Confirmatory intelligence of the fact has been received here.
A gentleman from this city, who was at Harper's Ferry
last night, saw the preparations being made for the blowing up of the structure.
The bridge at Shepherdstown
was also burnt last night.
Washington, June 14.
--The War Department is said to have received a dispatch confirning the report of the burning of the railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry
and the evacuation of that place by the greater portion of the Confederate
It is also reported that the bridges on the Winchester Railroad were also burned.
Williamsport, Md. June 14
--The Shepheidstown bridge
was burnt last night by the Secessionists.
The smoke and flames were distinctly seen from here.
The Confederate pickets have been with grawn from all points for a distance of twenty miles above and ten miles below this point.
A rumor reached here this morning that the enemy are throwing up earth works of Shepherd's ford, between dam No. 4 and Shepherdstown bridge.
A gentleman who arrived here this morning who visited Stenart's Camp at Hainesville
, four miles this side of Martinsburg
, last evening, says the camp has been broken up, and the troops have moved off in the direction of Martinsburg
Sharpsburg, June 14
--A reliable Virginian, who has arrived here, reports that the Confederate
troops left Harper's Ferry
to day--one part going in the direction of Winchester
, and another into Loudoun county
, which movement would seem to indicate that a retreat to Manassas Junction
The railroad bridge was blown up one hour after sunrise this morning.
The remaining Government buildings were all burned.
The railroad bridge at Martinsburg
was also burnt to-day Also the bridge at Shepherdstown
A dark cloud of smoke is still ascending from the turning buildings at Harper's Ferry
The agent of the Associated Press
has gone to the Ferry
to obtain full particulars.
Ferderick, June 14
--A resident of this city, who has but just returned from Harper's Ferry
, states shat the bridge has been totally destroyed with the exception of the piers, which are yet standing.
The trestle work of the railroad within the town was also destroyed.
The Government buildings
were being severally burnt when he left there at 11 o'clock this morning.
The armory was first fired and destroyed — the rifle works, it is supposed, will follow next All the machinery had been transported into the interior several days ago. He estimates that only about 4,000 troops remained in the town when he left.--The main body, it is said, has been pushed forward to Charlestown
and to a point near Leesburg
Frederick, June 14
--Midnight.--The special agent
of the Associated Press
has just returned from the Maryland heights
overlooking Harper's Ferry
, which point he left after 7 o'clock this evening.
The Contederate army has mainly left the place — only about 2,000 troops remained at that hour.
The route of the main body of the retreating army was by the turnpike leading to Charlestown
, but their precise destination was not known, as they were lost in the distance, and no one was in the vicinity sufficiently informed to give the necessary information.
A rumor existed on both sides of the river that they had gone toward Winchester
, while other parties suspected that they were going to Martiasburg, to make a stand in that vicinity.
At 5 o'clock this morning the Great bridge
of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad over the Potomac
was fired, and soon after a tremendous report was heard, caused by the explosion of mines under the centre span.
In one hour the entire structure was in ruins and fell into the river.
This was a noble work, one thousand feet long, built by Engineer Litrobe
but ten years since, in the most scientific manner.
It had six spans, and was built at heavy outlay.
The damage to property has not ended here, but the railroad company and the United States
have suffered further losses of valuable works.
The trestling on which the road was supported from the bridge to the end of the Government
property, about half a mile in extent, is nearly all destroyed, as well as an upper bridge of 120 feet in length over the Government canal
The telegraph station buildings and other railroad works are also demolished.
The long cange of substantial buildings formerly occupied as the Government Armory
are burnt to the ground, with the exception of two buildings at the east end, near the Shenandoah river
These will probably yet be burnt.
The fire has been raging all day, and when we left was just bursting out in the rear quarters.
The rifle works on the Shenandoah
were fired this afternoon, and none of the Government
property remained except the dwellings for officers on the hills and two out of the twenty armory buildings.
The arsenals were burnt in April by the Government
troops when its forces abandoned the place.
The loss to the Government
must be in buildings alone from four to five hundred thousand dollars, whilst the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company has suffered scarcely less, and it is believed that some of its equipments have been embraced in this wholesale ruin.
It is currently given out by the people of the neighborhood that the railroad company has incurred the serious hostility of the Confederate
troops by the supposed want of concert it has shown with them, and by the marked loyalty of the employees towards the Government
, above Harper's Ferry
, some of the extensive workshops and engine buildings of the work are located, and there, as well as at other places in the State of Virginia
, the railroad men by an active Union sentiment are said to have been greatly instrumental in maintaining the loyalty that prevails along the line of the road.
The road men at Martinsburg
number some 400, and there are said to be on the whole line of the road nearly 4,000, many of whom are thrown out of employment by the action of Virginia
and the effects of the war on the building of engines, &c.
The turnpike bridge, at the mouth of the Shenandoah
, is also to be burned.
According to reports, every night some further destruction may be expected, as no United States troops are in sight, or reported as being sufficiently near the place to prevent it.
Official account of the evacuation of Harper's Ferry.
The following dispatch has been received at the War Department at Washington
--We landed on the Virginia
side of the Ferry
at 2 o'clock P. M. We were the first Union men that crossed.
We then passed over into the town, which was nearly desolate.
There was not a solitary soldier visible.
A few of the poorer classes were on the streets.
The best houses were closed.
The John Brown
engine-house and magazine and armory buildings we have reported saved.
Three cars of grain and coffee for Winchester
, for the engines to haul, were emptied into the river on Friday, and also a lot of cotton.
The cars were marked ‘"Miller Rifies
."’ Five trucks, loaded with machinery and pipes, stand in front of the hotel, marked ‘"Richmond
."’ Near the armory fifty flint-lock muskets were thrown into the river.
Our boys are fishing them out. At the camp grounds, in the rear of the town, there was nothing left of any value.
The town and surrounding country present the most desolate appearance ever seen.
The physician who was attending the troops says that in the Mississippi
troops about fifty were down with measies.
The troops were ordered to leave twenty-four hours before they did, and one of Johnson
's staff said it was reported the Federal
troops were going to take Winchester
and fortify it, and cut them off. But they would now go there and be reinforced from Richmond
We found in the buildings burned in April, fifteen to twenty-two thousand musket barreis, gathered in piles.
The men were all uniformed according to fancy and the means of the town where they came from.
No side arms were allowed in the camp, excepting for commissioned officers.
The Kentucky and Mississippi
troops said they came to fight, and were eager to go up and take Washington
on their own account.
We secured a lot of bayonets and pieces of markets as momentors.
Left as 4 o'clock. The inhabitants are rejoicing over the evacuation.
A piece of the Virginia
flag, placed there in April, remains on the top of the pole.
The rope is broken, and there is no flag of any kind in the town.
We saw a young man come down on the train that left the relay House at nine, with
a sword and two trunks, by the weight of which we concluded they were no doubt percussion caps
He said at the Ferry
he was going to Richmond
, where he had command of a company of Baltimore
men, adopted by the county.
At Point of Pocks sixty-four cavalry were reported still across the Potomac
The rear of the main body of troops were only ten miles from the Ferry
at noon. I have the honor, &c.,
The Baltimore Sun, of Monday, farnishes some additional particulars:
,June 15--12 o'clock, A. M.--A passenger who left Harper's Ferry
half an hour ago states that the town has been entirely deserted by the military.
This is contradicted by a later messenger, who declares that a large body is yet stationed at Bolivar
, on the outskirts of Harper's Ferry
All the Government buildings
have been destroyed with the exception of a storehouse, the blacksmith shop and the rifle works, all of which were spared to avoid jeopardizing private property.
The bridge across the Shenandoah
has been spared.
The American flag is flying at Berlin
has been occupled, according to latest reports, by a large force of United States troops.
Additional Erom Harper's Ferry — movements
of the Confederates.
Hagerstown, June 15
--The express messenger of the Associated Press
returned from Harper's Ferry
this evening, where he spent several hours.
He saw that all the Government buildings
save two had been destroyed.
The trestle work, three hundred yards in length, still hung in ruins.
The bridge over the Shenandoah
was still standing.
People were moving up and down the canal on the opposite side of the river freely, although there were a few sentinels on the near shore, and two camps on the heights behind the town, containing 600 of the remaining troops, all of whom would be gone by to-night to follow the main body to Winchester
The greater part of the 14,000 troops stationed at the Ferry
go southward to join Generals Besuregard
The smaller body, it is believed, will march to join General Henry A. Wise
, near Romney
, who is to oppose the advance of Gen. McClellan
's column from the West
There was a dress parade of all the troops here this afternoon.
They were drawn up in line in front of headquarters, and reviewed by Col. Heintzelman
To-day we have had the hottest weather the troops have yet experienced.
The thermometer stood at 105 degrees in the sun.
It was reported among the Secessionists at Vienna
, fifteen miles out, this afternoon, that Federal forces are at Leesburg
The people there were in communication with the Confederates
, their scouts being there up to yesterday.
has 3,000 men at Staunton
, one regiment of which is already on the march.
A great number of small arms, said to be as many as 1,000, were thrown into the river by the Confederates
before they commenced to evacuate the Ferry
Also a quantity of accoutrements.
Boys and men were recovering them by diving.
The whole place wears a desolate appearance Some of the large guns have only been removed a distance of six miles up the Shenandoah
It was reported at Harper's Ferry
that all the engines below Opequan have been destroyed, also these at Martinsburg
, numbering upwards of seventy at both places.
The pickets of the Confederates
returned to night, after an absence of two days. They are also reported to have returned to other Fords.
brought the order to evacuate Harper's Ferry
The messenger saw the Scott Legion
on their march to-day; they looked well.
He also saw the First City Troop
— all in good health.
Re-opening of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Point of Rocks, June. 15
--The obstructions of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at this point have been removed, and the road, under the vigorous supervision of the master of transportation and other officers of the road, was re-opened to Harper's Ferry
for the first time this morning, since the occupation and obstruction of the road by the Secessionists.
The immense boulder, weighing about 100 tons, thrown from the Point of Rocks
upon the road by the Confederate
troops, was removed last night by blasting, and the track now passes over its crushed fragments, which seemed to fill up the depression in the bed of the road caused by its fall.
An immense mass of the rock projects into the canal, leaving sufficient space, however, for the passage of the canal boat.
This obstruction can be easily removed by blasting, and the the canal fully re-opened for navigation.
The culverts which were attempted to have been blown up are now fully repaired, the solid character of the work rendering the attempted destruction but partial in extent.
A picket guard of cavalry was stationed on the Virginia
side, within sight of this point, at last accounts.
They were but few in number, however — not more than six, it is said.
The Federal troops reconnoitering — train
Alexandria, June 15.
--A reconnoissance of the Loudoun and Hampshire
Railroad was made to-day two miles beyond Vienna
which is fifteen miles North of Alexandria
, the train being under charge of Col. Powers
, accompanied by first Connecticut troops, under command of Brig. Gen. Tyler
It was reported that the fourth bridge out, recently constructed, was burnt last night; but all the bridges were found to be safe, and the train returned.
When two miles this side of Vienna
a man fired on the train from an ambush, wounding Gen. Busbee
, of the Connectiont Light Guards. Gen. Tyler
was standing beside the wounded man on an open car. The shot was evidently intended for him.
The train was stopped as soon as possible, and the companies, divided, scoured the woods and searched the neighboring farm houses, etc., making the circuit of a mile.--Two men were arrested, named Walker
and McMills, in the house of the latter.
All the evidence that could be obtained tended towards criminating Walker
, who, with the other prisoner and a negro witness, were brought to Alexandria
The train was within three miles of a camp of 9,000 Confederate troops and six miles from Fairtax Court-House, where, it is understood, there were 2,500 troops, besides recent arrivals.
On reaching Arlington Mills, the train met with a party of cavalry and infantry, who had set out to examine into the truth of a rumor that the Federal
troops were attacked and the bridges burnt, cutting off their retreat.
This was a current rumor in Alexandria
during the afternoon, and was only set at rest by the arrival of the train after an absence of half a day.
A Philadelphian, who had been within a mile and a half of Fairfax Court-House, also met the train at Arlington mills, bringing information that troops were arriving at Fairfax Court-House from Manassas Junction
.--He was standing on a hill near Fairfax
, heard drums beating and saw a number of tents, when he thought it best to return.
Another report says that three companies arrived at Fairfax
Movements towards this point from Fairfax
are apprehended in some quarters.
The names of the prisoners arrested are Wm. Temple Walker
and George McMills
has a bad countenance.
He has been recognized by Capt. Medlar
, Provost Marshal
, as one to whom he several times refused a pass.
It is understood that McMills has stated since his arrest that Walker
had threatened to shoot Capt. Medlar
Information was received this evening that a coal schooner, which sailed heuce on Friday, and which ran ashore below, was set on fire by a United States
Alexandria, June 15.
, who has been a prisoner here for some days, having been arrested at his farm house, was released this afternoon, by order of the War Department, it having been ascertained that his arrest was entirely unwarranted, and that the informer was a youth of suspicious character, who has himself been arrested for horse stealing, and other crimes.--Mr. Dickens
is a son of the venerable Asbury Dickens
of the Senate.
In order to guard against other errors of this character, a general order
has been issued governing the troops in their deportment towards citizens, providing that no arrest be made unless by special order of an officer.
Arlington, June 15
--P. M.--Many heavy guns and carriages arrived here yesterday and are being rapidly placed in position.
There were several alarms last night.
Company B, United States cavalry, under Lieut. Tompkins
, went near Fairfax Court-House last night reconnoitering, but did not fall in with the Secessionists, who are reported to be in large force there The New York Eighth. Thirteenth and Twenty-Eighth Regiments are all encamped near the Sixty-Ninth Regiment.
,June 15--P. M.--A company of United States infantry, Capt King
, passed over into Virginia
has, it is said, reached Leesburg, Va.
, with the New York Ninth Regiment, his advance guard.
Washington, June 15
--The evacuation of Harper's Ferry
has naturally awakened increased interest here as to the next movement of Confederate troops, and the mind is instinctively directed to Manassas Junction
The present plans and purposes of the War Department are matters of speculation, but it is evident that the preparations are of such a character as to efficiently meet all contingencies.
This city is remarkable quiet this morning, there being neither extraordinary facts nor falsehoods to produce excitement.
The 2d and 3d Connecticut regiments, it is said, in addition to the two Ohio
regiments, passed over into Virginia
Washington, June 15.
--Nine rifled cannons
arrived here to-day, six of which were immediately sent forward.
William G. Moore
, of this city, has been appointed assistant Quartermaster General
, under Quartermaster General Meigs
, with the rank of Captain
The Washington City
Infirmary, now used as a military Hospital, contains one hundred and four patients, only three of whom are considered seriously ill.
The Third Michigan Regiment. 1,050 strong, arrived here to-day.
They immediately joined the camp of the Second Michigan Regiment, near the great reservoir of the Potomac
aqueduct, about four miles from Georgetown
military movement has been made here to-day.
The troops, however, are prepared for any emergency.
A Confederate spy was arrested to-day within four miles of Leesburg
, and brought hither and lodged in jail.
Reported occupation of Leesburg by Federal
Hagerstown. June 16
--Information deemed reliable has been received here that the Secession troops abandoned Leesburg
yesterday morning, and made a hasty retreat.
after burning all the cars, locomotives, depot, etc., of the railroad terminating there.
The Federal troops under Colonel Stone
according to the same account, soon entered and took possession of the town.
Advance of the Federal army into Virginia
Hagerstown, June 16th.
--Several pickets were thrown across the Potomac river
last night opposite Williamsport
The first division of the army, under Major General Cadwallader
, crossed the river to day. The troops waded through the stream with the water up to their waists, and soon established them selves across the river, their advance being covered by two pieces of cannon of the battery of the Rhode Island regiment, planted on the bluff at Williamsport
Hagerstown, June 16.
arrived here this forenoon to consult with Gen. Patterson
He visited the camps of the various brigades, and was received with cheers loud and strong.
He is staying at the Washington House
, where, in answer to repeated calls, he appeared upon the balcony, but declared his unwillingness to speak, but made sundry promises to meet his friends socially to-morrow.
He was called upon by many citizens to-day.
The privateer ‘"Savannah."’
New York, June 15.
--The schooner Savannah
, a privateer, in charge of Midshipman Cook
, arrived this afternoon, with the Stars and Stripes flying in triumph over the Secession flag.
She was captured by the brig Perry
, about sixty miles off Charleston
She had taken the brig Joseph
, of Rockland
, and sent her into Georgetown, S. C.
is armed with an 18-pounde pivot gun amidships, and was formerly a piliotboat.
Her crew, consisting of 30 men, were in irons on board the Minuesota
St. Louis, June 16.
--It is reliably stated that there are 2,000 State troops at Boonesville
, well entrenched, with cannon, determined to resist the Federal
The Secessionists are said to have full away on both sides of the Missouri river
.--Besides the Federal
forces at St. Louis
and enroute to Jefferson City
, there are fourteen Illinois
regiments within a few hours!
march of St. Louis
There is a report of a skirmish near Independence, in which the Federal
forces are represented to have been repulsed, but this requires confirmation.
St. Louis, June 15.
--Major Gen. McClellan
addressed the troops at Cairo
on the 13th promising them they should be the leaders of the great army, and that ere long they should have an opportunity to meet the Confederates
A letter from Cairo
, the 14th instant, says that General Buckner
, was there.
He says that Kentucky
intends establishing a grand encampment of State troops at Columbus