The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry
number one hundred or more ? What is their object ? Let me know at once before we proceed to extremities.
W. P. SMITH.
Ellicott's Mills, March, 17th, 1859. 11 A. M.
W. P. Smith.
My dispatch was not exaggerated, neither was it written under excitement as you suppose. I have not made it half as bad as it is. The Captain told me, that his object was to liberate all the slaves, and that he expected a reinforcement of 1500 men to assist him. Hayward, the negro porter, was shot through the body, and I suppose by this time, is dead. The Captain also said, he did not want to shed any more blood.
I will call at your office immediately on my arrival, and tell you all. One of my passengers was taken prisoner and held as such for some time. I will bring him to see you also.
Frederick, Oct. 17th, 1859—10 o'clock, A. M.
W. P. Smith :
The military here are in arms. Can I send them up to Harper's Ferry?
JOHN T. QUYNN.
Baltimore, October 17th, 1859.
10.20 A. M.
To Jno. T. Quynn, Frederick
We believe the reports from Ferry to be much exaggerated. Do not send a train with troops, unless upon the formal requisition of an authorized officer at Harper's Ferry. Should you get this, act promptly.
W. P. SMITH.
Frederick, Oct. 17.
To the Baltimore Newspaper Press :
Information has been received here this morning of a formidable negro insurrection at Harper's Ferry. An armed
B. H. Richardson, Annapolis
Western Maryland Room, WCFL
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Maryland. General Assembly. Senate, 1860.
Harpers Ferry (W. Va.), History; John Brown's Raid, 1859.
Harpers Ferry (WV), Washington County (Md.), 1859