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as prisoners, and conveyed thence in wagons and carriages, previously provided for that purpose. The undersigned and his son, about [left blank] years of age were confined in the Guard House of the Harper's Ferry Armory by this party until the morning of the 18th of October, when he with his fellow prisoners was rescued and freed by the Marine Corps of the U. States, under command of Colonel Robert E Lee, U. S. Army. Your Petitioner represents further, that his slaves were compelled, upon peril of their lives, which were threatened in case of refusal, to arm themselves with Pikes, a most dangerous and deadly weapon, to be used by them for defence in a contemplated battle, or to take prisoners a kill those who attacked them in the furtherance of the views of their leader, Brown.