The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry
the day of Brown's execution. This the authorities here deem utterly inadmissible, as under cover of such a crowd of pretended spectators, hundreds of armed assassins, coming with a view of attempting a rescue, could introduce themselves, and by mingling with our citizens greatly embarrass the military in guarding against or punishing an outbreak. In a word, we cannot, under existing circumstances, permit it, and we shall adopt rigorous measures to keep even our own citizens at home. We desire to effect the exclusion of such a horde of Northern men in a mode the least unobjectionable, and I am, therefore, instructed to inquire if you can add to the obligations we are already under to your company, by refusing, say on the first and second December, all facilities for passing over your road, any more than your ordinary Eastern and Western travelers ; and to carry out our plan fully, we may even have to ask the favor of you to decline on these days selling any tickets for Harper's Ferry, Duffield’s depot or Kearneysville, though I am not sure this will be necessary. Our plans, as to preventing such dangerous concourse, are not yet fully matured, and I write now in these general terms to ascertain your views on the subject. Will you be good enough to let me hear from you at your earliest convenience, and thus oblige both the community and
Baltimore, Nov. 26th, 1859—9.45 A. M.
T. H. Parsons, Washington, D. C:
If connection for soldiers going to Harper's Ferry can be made from Southern Line, by holding over 3.20 P. M. train 15 minutes, you can do so, but do not put any guns or freight cars with the train. They can be sent by next train.
W. P. SMITH.
Wheeling, Nor. 26th, 1859—11.36 A. M.
W. P. Smith,
The Wheeling troops cannot be ready for Express as yon propose. Col. Wheat says, they must have the Mail train, to-night, to run from Wheeling to Harper's Ferry. Answer.
J. B. FORD.
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