Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorite..... John Brown's Fort At Harper's Ferry

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In 1859 John Brown and about 21 men, including 5 black men, held a raid on the Harper's Ferry, VA. They had hoped to have captured the armory and the arsenal that was there in preparation for an uprising to start an insurrection to free the slaves. This is the fire engine house in which they were forced to take up position.

U.S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee, who would later command the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, along with his aide J.E.B. Stuart surrounded the engine house and eventually overcame John Brown and what was left of his men and took them captive. John Brown was later tried and convicted and was sentenced to death by hanging.

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