Avenging Angel – John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry 1859 by Ron Field

By Ron Field

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The Harpers Ferry raid proven for plenty of Southerners the life of a frequent Northern plot opposed to slavery. in truth, Brown had raised money for his raid from Northern abolitionists. To arm the slaves, he ordered 1000 pikes from a Connecticut producer. Letters to Governor clever betrayed the combined emotions humans held for Brown. For a few, he was once easily insane and shouldn't be hanged. For others, he was once a martyr to the reason for abolition, and his speedy trial and execution mirrored the phobia and conceitedness of the Virginia slave-owning aristocracy. Many Northerners condemned Brown’s activities yet idea him correct in his conviction that slavery needed to finish. John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry and his next execution extra polarized North and South and made an answer of the slavery factor critical to the nationwide debate which eventually ended in Civil warfare in 1861.

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30am, John Brown committed his first fatal error of the raid when he advised Conductor Phelps that he had “no intention of interfering with the comfort of passengers or hindering the United States mails,” and that the Through Express should continue on its way. This was an extraordinary decision considering that the success of the operation depended on his being able to capture weapons and escape into the mountains before word could spread to Washington, DC or elsewhere. Unarmed and with cool deliberation, Brown walked with Phelps across the short bridge to the north of the Armory grounds.

Alburtis. ” The two militia companies attacked across the bridge while Baylor ordered Alburtis to lead his men down Potomac Street into the Armory grounds from the rear. According to a report in the Valley Spirit, “Sharp fighting ensued, and at this time a general charge was made down the street from the bridge towards the Armory gate, by the Charlestown and Shepardstown [sic] troops and the Ferry people from behind the Armory wall. ” Whilst this was going on the Martinsburg men arrived at the upper end of the town and, entering the Armory grounds from the rear, joined the fray.

Thus, the badly wounded raider was carried into the Galt House, a saloon on the banks of the Shenandoah River, and given medical attention. An escaped slave from South Carolina, Shields Green, also known as “Emperor,” joined John Brown following a meeting in an old stone quarry near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 1859. Although he had an opportunity to escape with Albert Hazlett and Osborne Anderson after the failure of the Harpers Ferry Raid, he chose to stay with John Brown in the fire engine house and was captured unscathed.

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