Centennial Times - June 7, 1862 - Jackson in Harper's Ferry
June 7, 1862
‘Stonewall's' At Gates Of Ferry Town
The Stonewall Brigade is at the gates of Harper’s Ferry!
Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, pursuing the demoralized Federal forces of Nathaniel Banks, has driven them across the banks of the Potomac River.
The Stonewall Brigade has pressed on to Halltown and is demonstrating against Harper’s Ferry. Federal pickets have been driven back, and a supporting line on Bolivar Heights shelled on the night of May 28.
Col. Dixon Miles, acting as chief of staff for Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton, commander at Harpers Ferry, ordered a Maryland regiment into battle. The Marylanders refused to fight. They said they had been ordered into service to defend Maryland soil only, and Bolivar Heights was in Virginia!
Both Saxton and Miles protested, but the Maryland regiment crossed the Harper’s Ferry bridge back into Maryland. Some of the other troops wanted to do the same.
Though shots are exchanged, between Confederate skirmishers and cavalry and Federal pickets, no full-scale attack has yet been launched against Harper’s Ferry.
The garrison at Harper’s Ferry was beefed up to 7000 men when Secretary of War Edwin Stanton heard of Banks’s defeat.
If Jackson’s intention is a fullscale attack on Harper’s Ferry and an advance into Washington County, this may be enough to stop him. If, however, his intention has merely been to divert troops from the Federal attack on Richmond, he may be succeeding.
Used with permission of the Herald-Mail
59 x 33 cms
Washington County (Md.), history; Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862; Sharpsburg, Battle of, Md., 1862; Centennial celebrations, etc:
Washington County (Md.), 1860-1862