|Date(s):||October 17, 1859 to October 18, 1859|
|Tag(s):||Crime/Violence, Race-Relations, Slavery|
|Course:||“Rise And Fall of the Slave South,” University of Virginia|
John Brown had started a raid against Harper's Ferry, Virginia (currently West Virginia) on October 16, 1859. The next evening, the Monday night train, with Baltimore military and marines, arrived at Sandy Hook, where they waited for the arrival of Colonel Lee, deputized by the War Department to take the command' (Life, Trial, and Execution, p. 34). When the troops, with Colonel Robert E. Lee, arrived at Harper's Ferry, they situated themselves around the armory and engine house.
By the next day, everyone involved in the raid was killed, wounded, or captured, but there were only eighteen people on Brown's side. As the rebels were brought out, the crowd, nearly every man of which carried a gun, swayed with tumultuous excitement, and cries of Shoot them Shoot them' rang from every side. The appearance of the liberated prisoners, all of whom, through the steadiness of the marines, escaped injury, changed the current of feeling. And prolonged cheers took the place of howls and execrations' (Life, Trial, and Execution, p. 35). By the end of insurrection, Brown's attempt to stir up the rebellious side of the enslaved people proved to be futile.