John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. The Meteor. John Brown’s Raid:. • In 1859, John Brown and his followers seized a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. What is an arsenal?. John Brown in August, 1859. Engine house at Harpers Ferry; aka John Brown’s Fort.
John Brown’s Raid:
• In 1859, John Brown and his followers seized a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
What is an arsenal?
John Brown in August, 1859.
Engine house at Harpers Ferry; aka John Brown’s Fort
From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, November 5, 1859
From Harper’s Weekly Magazine, November 5, 1859
From Harper’s Weekly, November 12, 1859
On October 16, 1859, a group of raiders led by John Brown attacked the United States Armory at Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia.
After a day of fighting with the local militia, John Brown and his men took refuge in a building that housed the armory’s fire engines.
On October 18, 1859, U.S. Marines under the leadership of Colonel Robert E. Lee stormed the engine house where the raiders were hiding and took them into custody.
West Virginia State Archives
Brown being carried from court to prison.
Last Moments of John Brown (painting by Thomas Hovenden)
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John Brown painting at Harper's Ferry
"Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done." --John Brown, statement at his sentencing on Nov. 2, 1859
The hanging of John Brown.
"[John Brown is] that new saint, than whom none purer or more brave was ever led by love of men into conflict and death,--the new saint awaiting his martyrdom, and who, if he shall suffer, will make the gallows glorious like the cross."--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his lecture "Courage," delivered in Boston on Nov. 8, 1859