Union garrison at Harpers Ferry burns the Arsenal and withdraws in an overnight march to Pennsylvania
04/18/1861 to 04/19/1861
The evening of the day after Virginia seceded, Lieutenant R. Jones, in command of the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, learned that several thousand state troops were to arrive within hours. He immediately ordered the firing of the buildings and stores, which held almost 15,000 small arms. He then marched his forty-three men all night northwards, and arrived at the Cavalry Barracks in Carlisle, Pennsylvania the following afternoon. (By John Osborne)
"Lieut. Jones Official Report," in Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 72.