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The Daily Dispatch: June 8, 1861., [Electronic resource], Affairs at Williamsport — the fight for the Ferry boat. (search)
Lemon's Ferry.--On Friday night the commander of the remaining companies evidently took fright, for he formed his soldiers at 12 o'clock at night, took his wife and child from their beds, and departed, as men do when in haste and fear, towards Martinsburg. On Saturday morning a company of cavalry, which were better adapted to running, and a company of riflemen, were sent in their place, with orders to sink the ferry boat. The cavalry left about nine o'clock, and the rifle company (Capt. Prom Clearspring arrived, having dropped their tools, grasped their shootingirous and hastened to our aid, and at nightfall the Sharpsburg Rifle Company--brave boys those, of Harper's Ferry and John Brown notoriety — came in to back our Home Guards. All Saturday night and Sunday a guard was kept over the ferry boat; but an attempt was made to remove it, and the hours passed quietly away. Our Martinsburg mail was taken from the driver and kept by the Virginia forces, near Falling Waters.
est, and universal law, among the many thousand gallant spirits who have God for their bulwark and truth for their power; and, when the period arrives, they will not stop to number the foe. There are so many vague rumors at this point in reference to the Lincoln cut-throats being quartered near the Berkeley line, that, as I cannot be definite, I will not communicate on the matter; but certain it will be, if the desperadoes do attempt to throw a column by flanks on Harper's Ferry, via Martinsburg, they no doubt will obtain their allotted portion of Virginia's soil--six feet by two. We receive daily news from Harper's Ferry; and there appears to be an instinctive proclivity among the riflemen at watching for the anticipated "game." On Saturday last, all the sick and disabled were brought to Winchester. Every attention is manifested towards them. In a few days our county will be thoroughly organized. From what I glean from others, and my own knowledge, I am under th