War of the Rebellion: Serial 002 Page 0005 Chapter IX. DESTRUCTION OF ARMORY, HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA.

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men were missing on leaving the armory, and two deserter during the night.

Respectfully, I am, sir, your obedient servant,

R. JONES,

First Lieutenant Mounted Riflemen, Commanding Detachment Recruits.

To the ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C.

CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA., April 22, 1861.

SIR: Last evening three of my missing men arrived here, having left Harper's Ferry the previous afternoon. They report that fifteen minutes after my command left the armory nine hundred troops marched into town, and that they continued to arrive every hour during the night, so that by morning there were probably nearly five thousand troops there. They also report that the fire in the workshops was arrested, but that the arsenal buildings containing the arms, together with their contents, were completely demolished, and that it is probable not a single gun was saved from them.

I remain, sir, with respect, your obedient servant,

R. JONES,

First Lieutenant Mounted Riflemen.

To the ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Headquarter of the Army, Washington, D. C.

No. 2. Congratulatory letter from United States Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 22, 1861.

Lieutenant ROGER JONES, Commanding at Harper's Ferry:

MY DEAR SIR: I am direct by the President of the United States to communicate to you, and through you to the officers and men under your command at Harper's Ferry Armory, the approbation of the Government of your and their judicious conduct there, and to tender to you and the thanks of the Government for the same.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

No. 3. Report of Lieutenant Colonel William Maynadier, U. S. Ordnance Department, of the expenditures upon and losses at the armory.

ORDNANCE OFFICE,

Washington, November 16, 1861.

SIR: In answer to the letter [following] of the Honorable John P. Hale, chairman of the committee of the Senate, which you referred to this