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James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: Fleshing the sword. (search)
eing resolutely determined to fight all comers, whether troops, pro-slavery ruffians, invaders, or Free State Democrats, who should endeavor to crush out the defenders of freedom. John Brown resolved to invade Missouri, and stop at once the incursions from that State, which were now the sole reliance of the friends of Slavery in Kansas. Montgomery marched on Fort Scott, on the 15th of December, with one hundred and fifty men, officered by John Brown's followers,--Kagi, among others, and Anderson, and rescued his friend whom the ruffians had incarcerated. Among the prisoners taken were Epaphroditus Ransom, a very portly Federal official, who had been a Governor of Michigan, and was now a dignitary in the Land Office. On hearing the noise, (it was early in the morning.) he came to the door in his drawers and night dress; when a boy of seventeen years, carrying a musket longer than himself, shouted, Come out here; you're my prisoner. What do you mean, sir? said Ransom; I am a Fe
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 5: assembling to conspire. (search)
Convention to fill by election all offices specially named in the Provisional Constitution, which may be vacant after the adjournment of the Convention. The Convention then adjourned sine die. Signed, J. Kagi, Secretary of the Convention Names of the members of the Convention, written by each person. Wm. Charles Monroe, President of the Convention; G. J. Reynolds, J. C. Grant, A. H. Smith, James M. Jones, Geo. B. Gill, M. F. Bailey, Wm. Lambert, C. W. Moffitt, John J Jackson, J. Anderson, Alfred Whipple, James M. Bue, W. H. Leeman, Alfred M. Ellsworth, John E. Cook, Stewart Taylor, James W. Puniell, Geo. Akin, Stephen Dettin, Thos. Hickerson, John Cannet, Robinson Alexander, Richard Realf, Thomas F. Cary, Richard Richardson, I. T. Parsons, Thos. M. Kinnard, J. H. Delany, Robert Vanranker, Thomas M. Stringer, Charles H. Tidd, John A. Thomas, C. Whipple, J. D. Shadd, Robert Newman, Owen Brown, John Brown, J. H. Harris, Charles Smith, Simon Fislin, Isaac Holley, James Smith.
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 8: sword in hand. (search)
berators looked extremely gloomy. In the rivers floated the corpses of Kagi, Leeman, Stewart Taylor, and Win. Thompson. Imprisoned, and near to death, lay Lewis Leary and Stevens. Copeland was a captive. On the street lay the dead bodies of Hazlitt and Newby. In the engine house were the remains of Oliver Brown, and Dauphin Thompson; while Watson, the Captain's son, lay without hope of recovery. The only unwounded survivors of the Liberators in the engine house were Captain Brown, Jerry Anderson, Edwin Coppoc, and Shields Green, the negro. Eight Virginia hostages, and a small number of armed negroes, were with them. Where were the others, and what had they been doing? John E. Cook, in his Confession, thus stated their position: When we returned from the capture of Washington, I staid a short time in the engine house to get warm, as I was chilled through. After I got warm, Captain Brown ordered me to go with C. P. Tidd, who was to take William It. Leeman, and I think
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: fallen among thieves. (search)
t fell. The firing from the interior was rapid and sharp. They fired with deliberate aim, and for a moment the resistance was serious, and desperate enough to excite the spectators to something like a pitch of frenzy. The next moment the marines poured in, the firing ceased, and the work was done. In the assault a private of the marines received a ball in the stomach, and was believed to be fatally wounded. Another received a slight flesh wound. One of the Liberators fell dead-- Jerry Anderson — and only three shots were fired; Brown, Coppoc, and Green each discharging their rifles at the marines on their first assault. Before the entrance of the troops, the Liberators ceased firing; and, therefore, by all the rules of honorable warfare, should now have been sacredly protected from violence. Offering no resistance, every civilized people would have taken them prisoners of war. But not so the assailants in Virginia. Before the fight began, John Brown, according to the te
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 8: the conquering pen. (search)
which I received several sabre cuts in my head, and bayonet stabs in my body. As nearly as I can learn, Watson died of his wound on Wednesday the second, or on Thursday the third day after I was taken. Dauphin was killed when I was taken, and Anderson, I suppose, also. I have since been tried, and found guilty of treason, &c., and of murder in the first degree. I have not yet received my sentence. No others of the company with whom you were acquainted were, so far as I can learn, either kin of the 19th Oct. Oliver died near my side in a few moments after he was shot. Dauphin died the next morning after Oliver and William were killed, viz., Monday. He died almost instantly — was by my side. William was shot by several persons. Anderson was killed with Dauphin. Keep this letter to refer to. God Almighty bless and keep you all. Your affectionate husband, John Brown Dear Mrs. Spring: I send this to your care, because I am at a loss where it will reach my wife.