Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, WV

An aerial view of Harpers Ferry West Virginia from Maryland Heights. In the lower left hand corner of the picture you can see “John Brown’s Fort”, or the Harpers Ferry Armory’s fire engine and guard house, where abolitionist John Brown was captured by troops of the 2nd United States Cavalry led by Lt. Colonel Robert E. Lee. In 1859, John Brown had hoped to capture the weapons at the arsenal and insight a slave insurrection throughout the south. He was instead hanged for murder, inciting a rebellion, and treason. He would famously write just prior to his death, “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done.”



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