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The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry

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posite Harper's Ferry, it has been suggested that you may determine to renew the guard there, until the excitement shall subside and confidence be restored.
Capt. Sinn of the United Guards, Frederick, has offered the services of that Corps, but we have thought it best, under all circumstances, to refer the matter entirely to your Excellency.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. P. SMITH, M. of T.


Relay, Nov. 21st, 1859—7.55 A. M.

W. P. Smith :

We have one hundred and fifty men, four passenger cars, one gondola with cannon, and one house car for Harper's Ferry.

Harper's Ferry, Nov. 21st, 1859—9.20 A. M.

W. P. Smith:

All is quiet here. The troops—one hundred and seventy—that remain here are quartered in the Armory building. Arrangements have been made for them to meal at the different hotels. All was satisfactory to them. I will see to your instructions, and see that they are enforced. The citizens are pleased to have the military here, and feel comfortable with the arrangements. Gov. Wise is at Charlestown with the troops that left here last evening. Will arrange with the commanding officer here respecting the car of provisions expected on mail to-day.


Harper's Ferry, Nov. 21st, 1859—2.02 P. M.

W. P. Smith :

Gov. Wise has ordered the return of all the troops that arrived here this morning, except thirty-five—one company with two pieces of artillery. Mr. Donohoo has gone to Charlestown on special train with them. I will arrange to send the others East on express or mail in the morning, as they may decide.


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B. H. Richardson, Annapolis


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, WCFL

Original Size:
22 x 14 cms

Maryland. General Assembly. Senate, 1860.

Harpers Ferry (W. Va.), History; John Brown's Raid, 1859.

Harpers Ferry (WV), Washington County (Md.), 1859

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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