Centennial Times - June 29, 1861 - Confederates Burn Bridge
Jnae 29, 1861
Confederate Raiders Burn Bridge
A party of 400 Confederates in a surprise raid burned the bridge over the Shenandoah near Harper's Ferry, destroyed some federal government property, cut the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and threw a locomotive into the water on June 21.
After arresting a few Harper's Ferry, Va., area citizens hostile to the Southern cause, they departed unmolested.
Though the Harper’s Ferry Arsenal had been abandoned by the Confederates on June 15, it had not been occupied by federal forces for some reason.
Major Abner Doubleday was, however, close to the town at the time the raid occurred. On June 19, he had left Hagerstown with a battery which he placed on a hill overlooking the Virginia side for a long distance, and with which he practiced on the Confederates. He did not seem to hamper the Confederates very much.
After news of the raid reached Hagerstown, three regiments from the Second Division were sent-down to occupy Maryland Heights.
Previously, this high eminence, overlooking Harper’s Ferry, had been occupied by a company of Kentucky Confederates under Blanton Duncan and a small party of Confederate Marylanders under Bradley T. Johnson. They had erected cabins without roofs, and had entrenched themselves behind a stockade as the early settlers of this county did to guard against Indian attack. The three Northern regiments, however, proved more numerous than Indians, and the Confederates had to abandon their position.
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