The Life, Trial, and Execution of Captain John Brown, Known as “Old
Brown of Ossawatomie,” with a Full Account of the Attempted Insurrection
at Harper’s Ferry…. New York: R. M. De Witt, [c1859].
In 1859, with the financial support of six wealthy abolitionists, militant
John Brown attempted an insurrection against the federal armory at Harper’s
Ferry, Virginia. He believed the raid would incite a major slave revolt,
but when it failed, he was tried and hanged for treason. Most abolitionists
disagreed with his tactics, but they greatly admired his strong convictions
and his calm eloquence at his trial and execution. Ralph Waldo Emerson
described Brown as “The Saint whose fate yet hangs in suspense,
but whose martyrdom, if it shall be perfected, will make the gallows glorious
like the Cross.”
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection.