War of the Rebellion: Serial 027 Page 0760 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXI.

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any other officer for the supply of the forces at Harper's Ferry for a month previous to the 15th day of September, 1862, all of which requisitions were promptly complied with, by orders on and issues from the Washington Arsenal. These requisitions were:

1st. From Lieutenant Warren Thompson, on 20th August, for 300 cartridges for 5-inch Dahlgren guns, for 200 cartridges for 6-pounder James guns; filled by order for supplies Numbers 3361.

2d. From Colonel B. F. Davis, on the 3rd September, for 80,000 caps for pistol cartridges; filled by order for supplies No. 3572.

3d. From Lieutenant Warren Thompson, on 3rd September, for 8 haversacks, 8 tubepouches, 300 12-pounder cartridges, 10 priming wires, 12 thumb-stalls, 200 20-pounder cartridges, 10 lanyards, 10 tow hooks, 12 rammers and sponges, 10 gunners' gimlets, 6 pounds of iron tacks, 8 fuse wrenches, 10 vent punches, 1,000 copper tacks, and 6 handspikes; filled by order for supplies No. 3586.

I inclose a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Ramsay, showing that these general orders were promptly complied with.

There was also a requisition received here on the 3rd September, approved by Colonel miles, for the Eighth New York Cavalry, stationed at Summit Point, for 600 Sharps carbines, with accouterments and ammunition for the same, to be sent to Summit Point, via Harper's Ferry. These articles were not sent because not on hand. This regiment left Harper's Ferry before the surrender.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. W. RIPLEY,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Ordnance.

WASHINGTON ARSENAL, D. C.

October 20, 1862.

General J. W. RIPLEY,

Chief of Ordnance:

SIR: I have the honor to state that the only orders received here, as appears by the books of my office, having reference to stores issued to Harper's Ferry for a "month previous to the 15th September, 1862," are orders Nos. 3361, 3572, and 3586. These orders were promptly complied with

I am, sir, very respectfully,

GEO. D. RAMSAY,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

The judge-advocate also read in evidence the following papers, found among those left by the late Colonel D. S. Miles:

HEADQUARTERS THIRD BRIGADE,

September 13, 1862.

Colonel MILES:

The One hundred and twenty-sixth New York has given way, and are straggling through the woods. All our forces are falling back.

THOS. H. FORD,

Colonel, Commanding.

A paper without date, but indorsed as received on the 13th September:

Colonel MILES:

I cannot hold my men. The One hundred and twenty-sixth all run, and the Thirty-second are out of ammunition. I must leave the hill unless you direct otherwise.

THOS. H. FORD,

Colonel, Commanding.

Lieutenant HENRY M. BINNEY, recalled by the Government, and examined as follows:

By the JUDGE-ADVOCATE:

Question. Look at this paper, and see if you can tell at what hour of the day it was received by Colonel Miles [handing witness note, without date, to Colonel Miles from Colonel T. H. Ford, read above].

Answer. I have no recollection of ever having seen this before.

By the COURT:

Question. Whose indorsement is that on the back?

Answer. It is the writing of the clerk in the office.