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The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry

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Baltimore, Nov. 24th, 1859.

A. Diffey, Martinsburg:

I did send such a dispatch in response to request of Col. Davis, who telegraphed me to do so without delay. To prevent doubt as to genuineness of the authority, will you either endorse the dispatch he bears with your own name and handwriting as correct, or get Capt Gorton to do so ?
Have you any more rumors of approaching rescuers ?

One hundred more Richmond troops will go from Relay to Charlestown on mail to-morrow.


Harper's Ferry, Nov. 25th, 1859—11.14 A. M

W. P. Smith,

The neighborhood is in a great state of excitement this morning, in consequence of several fires having been seen from Charlestown during the night. It is known that Capt. H. Willis' barn was burned. Rockets were seen from Charlestown at nine o'clock.
A mountaineer just came in with a rifle, found on the hill near the East end of the bridge. It is an Allen breach loader, and different from any that have been found, heretofore.
I will be in Baltimore, on Mail, this evening.


Baltimore, Nov. 26th, 1859—2.50 P. M.

T. H. Parsons, Washington, D. C:

We will do everything in that way the Virginia authorities desire, and you can send troops in the morning as you proposed.
I learn that a corps of Cadets, perhaps from Charlottesville, will want to come in the morning, also, with cannon. If so, send them by all means on the same train.


Charlestown, Va., 25th Nov., 1859.

John W. Garrett, Pres’t, &:

We have information here from the North, from reliable sources, to the effect that a large concourse of strangers from that quarter purpose to be at this place on the second of December,


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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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