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The Daily Dispatch: November 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], Gen. Lee's Official report of his recent operations. (search)
ketry, and the Court-House yard enclosed by a heavy wall of oak timber. To my demand for a surrender, Col. Simpson requested an hour for consideration. I offered him five minutes, to which he replied, "Take me, if you can." I immediately opened on the building with artillery at less than two hundred yards, and with half a dozen shell drove out the enemy into the streets, where he formed and fled towards Harper's Ferry. At the edge of town he was met by the 18th cavalry--Col. Imboden's and Gilmor's battalions. One volley was exchanged, when the enemy threw down his arms and surrendered unconditionally. The Colonel, Lieut.-Colonel, and five others, who were mounted, fled at the first fire, and ran the gauntlet, and escaped towards Harper's Ferry. The force I captured was the 9th Maryland regiment and three companies of cavalry, numbering between four and five hundred men and officers. I have not had time to have them counted. In wagons, horses, and mules, arms, ammunition, me