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was subsequently executed), to stay at Harper's Ferry, Va., and make himself familiar with the sur purchase land. Soon after his arrival at Harper's Ferry he rented the small Kennedy farm in Maryland, some four and a half miles from Harper's Ferry, where he did some little farming, and, to explaiquarters War Department, Provisional Army, Harper's Ferry, John Brown, commander-in-chief, issued hil. L. W. Washington, about five miles from Harper's Ferry, about 1:30 a. m. of the 17th, and forced four of his servants to accompany them to Harper's Ferry, he in his own carriage and followed by ons in the hands of the latter. On reaching Harper's Ferry, Cook and five of the captured slaves werengton, had been ordered to take command at Harper's Ferry, recapture the government armory and arsennt there to bring his military supplies to Harper's Ferry. Colonel Lee in his official report to ctober 18th, Gov. Henry A. Wise arrived at Harper's Ferry and took precautions for the protection of[8 more...]
n to the Federal invasion the election of President Lincoln meeting of the Virginia convention Governor Letcher's reply to the call for troops seizure of Harper's Ferry Union with the Confederate States. The United States Congress met on December 5, 1859, three days after the execution of John Brown. The most intense exc The action of the Virginia convention was kept secret for nearly two days in order to give time to take possession of the United States armory and arsenal at Harper's Ferry, and volunteer companies were secretly hurried from the valley for this purpose. These troops reached Halltown, about five miles from Harper's Ferry, late inHarper's Ferry, late in the afternoon of the 18th of April. Learning of their advance, the small Federal garrison there, at 10 p.m., fired the armory, and crossing into Maryland retreated all night toward the United States barracks at Carlisle. The Virginia troops occupied the town shortly after its evacuation, and proceeded to extinguish the fires.
he west; (4) from Ohio into western Virginia, by the line of the Great Kanawha valley toward Staunton, in the center of the State, and simultaneously from Wheeling and Parkersburg along the Baltimore & Ohio eastward to Grafton, and thence southeastward, also to Staunton. To meet these threatened movements, Gen. R. E. Lee, when Governor Letcher's call for troops was issued, began to organize opposing columns of defense in the vicinity of Norfolk, in front of Alexandria and Washington, at Harper's Ferry in the Shenandoah valley, at Grafton on the Baltimore & Ohio, and below Charleston in the Kanawha valley, with intermediate forces in observation between these points, thus establishing a cordon around the great length of the exposed boundaries of the State. The concentration of Federal troops at points convenient for invasion of western Virginia, all under the command of Maj.-Gen. George B. McClellan, with headquarters at Cincinnati, and the organization of two Union regiments at Whe
across the Blue ridge and rendezvous near Harper's Ferry. Ashby sent men on the night of the 17th ade. The period of Jackson's command at Harper's Ferry was marked by few notable incidents. The igned by President Davis to the command at Harper's Ferry. He reached that place Friday, May 23d, ading, Johnston decided that he would hold Harper's Ferry only until his command was needed elsewherto Richmond. The Confederates evacuated Harper's Ferry on the morning of the 15th, moved out on t asked permission to transfer his depot to Harper's Ferry and his forces to the Charlestown line, as was sending his train across the river at Harper's Ferry, intending to go to Washington with all hishington, but it is expected you will hold Harper's Ferry unless threatened by a force well ascertaiplied that he considered the occupation of Harper's Ferry, with his small force, as hazardous, and tThe capture of the arsenal and armories at Harper's Ferry gave it a large number of arms, when most [47 more...]
rict of Columbia volunteers, what is known as the Rockville expedition, having for its object the holding of the line of the Potomac from Washington up toward Harper's Ferry, guarding the fords and ferries of that river from Virginia, and any movement on Washington from that direction. This resulted in skirmishes near Seneca mills on the 14th, at Conrad's Ferry on the 17th, at Edward's Ferry on the 18th, at Harper's Ferry July 4th, and at Great Falls July 7th. Colonel Stone was reinforced from time to time with other volunteer troops from Washington. His headquarters were opposite Harper's Ferry July 6th, when he marched, with most of his command, to WilHarper's Ferry July 6th, when he marched, with most of his command, to Williamsport, Md., and thence to Martinsburg, to reinforce Patterson. The Confederate force opposing him was mainly that under Col. Eppa Hunton, in observation at Leesburg. On June 16th, Col. Maxcy Gregg, with the First South Carolina infantry, about 575 strong, several companies of cavalry and two guns of Kemper's battery, march
ia and other Southern States. As before stated, when it had been decided that the Virginia convention would provide for secession, the first two objects to demand the attention of the executive were the capture of the armory and arsenal at Harper's Ferry and the arsenal and navy yard at Gosport in the vicinity of Norfolk. On the night of April 16th, some men in Norfolk, without authority, seized light boats and other small craft and sank them in the channel to prevent the escape of ships frieve Virginia on the very brink of being carried back, and say no man but President Davis can save her. . . . There is disappointment that he does not assume entire direction of affairs here . . . . General Lee has ordered Louisiana troops to Harper's Ferry. . . . The South Carolina troops refuse to move unless under orders from Montgomery. Military control is essential to the interests of the Confederate States. I doubt if there are 5,000 Virginians armed and equipped. That same 7th of May
cupy, in Maryland, the line of the Potomac from above that city to opposite Harper's Ferry; while the line of that river from Harper's Ferry westward was guarded by Harper's Ferry westward was guarded by forces under Kelley. The Confederate outposts, when again advanced, practically held the line of the Potomac, except in the immediate front of Washington and Alexandndria. On the 2d of September a skirmish with Evans' cavalry occurred near Harper's Ferry; on the 4th, Stuart, with five field guns, shelled McCall's brigade at the e force of cavalry and artillery scouted the south bank of the Potomac from Harper's Ferry up to the mouth of the Antietam, and had skirmishing at various points duriiver turnpike. On October 16th, Col. Turner Ashby, who held the front of Harper's Ferry, determined to punish the Federal forces that had for several days been makss the Potomac, and could drive the enemy from the shelter of the houses at Harper's Ferry. Ashby was reinforced, on the 15th, by two more companies of McDonald's Vi
leading into that from the Warm Springs, had fallen back to the crest of Alleghany mountain, while that on the Kanawha road had retired to Lewisburg, a few miles west of that range. The Baltimore & Ohio railroad was open from the eastward to Harper's Ferry and from the westward to Hancock, for the use of the Federal army, a gap 40 miles long being the only portion broken and controlled by the Confederates, and even this was filled on the Maryland side by the Chesapeake & Ohio canal, furnishing as stationed at Bath; and Meem's brigade of Virginia militia, from the counties of Shenandoah and Page, was placed at and beyond Martinsburg; while Ashby, with the larger portion of his cavalry regiment, held the line of the Potomac from near Harper's Ferry westward. Garnett's brigade was ordered to Winchester, to be in position to guard against any movement of the large force under Banks that had been gathered at Frederick City. Jackson established his own headquarters at Winchester on the 24
mac the great army—on its rolls, March 1, 1862, 222,000 men—that McClellan had, during more than half a year, been collecting and organizing, President Lincoln ordered that an advance of the whole army of the Potomac, except such a force as was necessary to defend Washington, should be made, on or before the 22d of February, to drive back the opposing Confederates and press on to the capture of Richmond. This movement was actually begun. Banks marched from Frederick City, Md., toward Harper's Ferry, to attack and drive back Jackson. McClellan advanced his great army, from the intrenched camps around Washington, to attack Johnston at Centreville and Manassas, but when, after floundering through the spring mud of midland Virginia, he reached his objective, he found that Johnston, his able and wily opponent, had anticipated his coming, and, abandoning his intrenched camps and advanced positions at Leesburg and elsewhere, along and near the Potomac, had put his forces behind the Rappa
once to Winchester, retaining Sedgwick at Harper's Ferry. Jackson's prompt action and bold attack vent their retreat by way of Berryville to Harper's Ferry, hoping to capture a part of Banks' force , the enemy are making a desperate push on Harper's Ferry. On the 25th the alarm at Washington incrn. A small Federal force had been holding Harper's Ferry, but when the defeat of Banks became knownis rear, and withdrew his line in front of Harper's Ferry to the crest of the plateau nearest that t accomplished the object of his advance to Harper's Ferry, which was to gain time for the removal ofstrength. While demonstrating in front of Harper's Ferry, Jackson was definitely informed on the moalry which he left to continue threatening Harper's Ferry. After dinner at the home of Major Hawks, Williamsport, and made a demonstration at Harper's Ferry from the 28th to the 31st, as if he would asburg, and to order a formidable force to Harper's Ferry, until more than 60,000 men were on the ma[11 more...]
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