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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
September 18, 1862


The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry Etc.
Frank Moore, ed. Vol. 5. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1863.

The rebels evacuated Harper’s Ferry, Va.


The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
October 2, 1862

News from Harper’s Ferry.

The latest news from Harper’s Ferry is that the large stables and work-shops close by the Railroad bridge were entirely destroyed by the rebels, who evacuated the town on Saturday the 20th. The old engine house, made famous in the John Brown raid, and since used as a prison, was destroyed. The cars were burned whilst standing on the track as well as the long wooden structure upon which the track was laid.

The remains of the old pontoon bridge are scattered about the rocks in the river. The new bridge has been in use for several days. The temporary bridge erecting for the Railroad will probably be in condition for travel by Friday next. No confederates have been seen in the immediate vicinity of the Ferry for several days.—They are supposed, however, to be in strong force beyond Loudon Heights and are fortifying the crest of the mountains.


Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: September 1862

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