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The Mystery of John Brown’s Cave, Harpers Ferry West Virginia: A True Story
Published: March 2017

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John Brown was an abolitionist and a fighter. After making his reputation between 1855 and 1858, in the Missouri and Kansas territorial wars, he traveled nearly 2,000 miles on what some say was a suicidal mission to attack a U.S. Armory in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. He was accompanied by a rag-tag group of 22 persons, including white men, several sons, and negro Freemen. To this day, no one knows why he pressed the attack on the Harpers Ferry Amory in 1859. Speculation was that he wanted to arm his men and others, who believed in his ideological cause, with the 100,000 Sharps Rifles that were stored in the building. Some believe that he simply wanted to bathe the U.S. in blood, just to make an ideological point. But that would come later, when 650,000 men died in the Civil War, between 1861 and 1865.

The US Armory siege was easy. All they did was break the locks on the main doors and enter. John Brown himself was certain that when the word got out about the rebellion at Harper’s Ferry that slaves on nearby farms and plantations would come running. Those slaves never came to the fight.

The siege lasted three days. On the fourth day, federal troops and town vigilantes broke down the doors, and overwhelmed the men inside, including John Brown. Both before and after the siege, some of Brown’s followers left the field. Some escaped through the back of the Armory, under the cover of night; some, including his son Owen Brown, escaped by swimming across the nearby Potomac River. As the smoke cleared, and commander Robert E. Lee and his first Lieutenant J.E.B. Stuart rounded up all the dead, and counted the missing. History tells us that not all of John Brown’s men were found. When the dust cleared only 17 men, white and Freemen were accounted for, out of the 22 original followers. At least 5 men escaped.

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