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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Jackson at Harper's Ferry in 1861. (search)
The marines battered down the door of the engine-house and captured the insurgents, after a brave resistance. In the conflict John Brown was wounded; his sons Watson and Oliver were mortally wounded, and eight others of the party were killed. Five, including another son, Owen Brown, escaped. Seven were captured, and, after trial and conviction, were hanged at Charlestown, Virginia,--John Brown on the 2d of December, 1859; John E. Cook, Edwin Coppoc, John A. Copeland (a mulatto), and Shields Green (a negro) on the 16th of December; and Aaron D. Stevens and Albert Hazlett on the 16th of the following March. Three citizens and a number of negroes were killed by the insurgents, and others were wounded. Editors. A little before dawn of the next day, April 18th, a brilliant light arose from near the point of confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. General Harper, who up to that moment had expected a conflict with the Massachusetts regiment supposed to be at Harper's Ferry
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 6: making ready. (search)
speech was a narration of Kansas affairs. At the close of his remarks, the audience, by resolution, indorsed and approved of his course in Kansas, for which he heartily thanked them. In the beginning of April he was in Ashtabula County, sick of the ague. On the 16th, he was at Westport, Essex County, New York--near home. On his journey there, he staid over at Peterboroa, the residence of Gerritt Smith, and at Rochester, where he delivered a public speech and met the brave negro, Shields Green, or Emperor. In May he was in Boston, New York City, and Rochester. At Boston he learned how to manufacture crackers and beef meal. On the 3d of June he was at Collinsville, and concluded the contract for the pikes afterwards found on the Kennedy farm. On the 7th he was at Troy, from which he sent a draft of three hundred dollars to pay for the pikes. He then proceeded to Summit, Portage, and Ashtabula Counties, in Ohio. He went from Ohio to Chambersburg, stopping at Pittsburg Ci
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 8: sword in hand. (search)
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 four slaves with him, in Colonel
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: fallen among thieves. (search)
the marines, headed by Major Russell and Lieutenant Green, advanced in two lines on each side of thadvanced to the breach, Major Russell and Lieutenant Green leading. A marine in front fell. The finly three shots were fired; Brown, Coppoc, and Green each discharging their rifles at the marines o in regard to the prisoners, he desisted. Shields Green, alias Emperor, a negro M. C. under the fuhe was hauled forth to meet his doom. Lieutenant Green, as soon as he saw John Brown, although h struck him in the face with your sabre? Lieut. Green. Yes, sir. Mr. Sennott. This was after he was down? Lieut. Green. Yes, sir, he was down. Mr. Sennott. How many times, Lieut. Green, did Lieut. Green, did you strike Brown in the face after he was down? Lieut. Green. Why, sir, he was defending himself Lieut. Green. Why, sir, he was defending himself with his gun. Mr Hunter. I hope the counsel for the defence will not press such questions as thesTwo only were brought out unhurt,--Coppoc, and Green the negro, --and they only escaped immediate d
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, chapter 2.44 (search)
day evening, October 19, were conveyed to the jail of Charlestown, under an escort of marines. A United States Marshal from Ohio, after the political inquisitors had finished with the whites, endeavored to extort from the negroes, Copeland and Green, confessions to criminate the friends of freedom in his native State. He succeeded in procuring no confession whatever, but only a few brief answers to leading questions, which served to show at once his political purpose and his depravity of he, O, it would be cowardly to do so now; and the crowd fell back, and the prisoners were safely placed on the train. Stevens was placed in the bottom of the car, being unable to sit up. Brown was propped up on a seat with pillows, and Coppoc and Green seated in the middle of them; the former was evidently much frightened, but looked calm, while the latter was the very impersonation of fear. His nerves were twitching, his eyes wild and almost bursting from their sockets, his whole manner indic
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 2: Judicial alacrity. (search)
Stephens and Edwin Coppic, white men, and Shields Green and John Copeland, free negroes, together ns, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copland, and other rebels and trns, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copeland, severally, on the sixtns, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copeland. severally, on the sixns, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copland, with the leaden bulletss Aaron D. Stephens, and Edwin Coppic, and Shields Green, each severally on the seventeenth day of alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, and Shields Green in the felony and murder aforesaid, in manns, alias Aaron D. Stephens, Edwin Coppic, Shields Green, and John Copland, then and there them, thFaulkner had gone home, the Court requested a Mr. Green, a Virginian, to act as assistant counsel freby accruing in the trial of the others. Mr. Green remarked that he had had no opportunity of c[2 more...]
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: State evidence. (search)
ter died with it, and her daughter was now in an insane asylum; and that three of the children of his maternal uncle were also mentally deranged. Mr. Botts said, that on receiving the above despatch, he went to the jail with his associate, Mr. Green, and read it to Brown, and was desired by him to say that in his father's family there has never been any insanity at all. On his mother's side there have been repeated instances of it. He adds that his first wife showed symptoms of it, which wUrging the jury to cast aside all prejudices, and give the prisoners a fair and impartial trial, and not to allow their hatred of Abolitionists to influence them against those who have raised the black flag on the soil of this Commonwealth. Mr. Green responded, stating what should be proved, and how, to convict of the offences charged: 1. To establish the charge of treason it must be proven that the prisoner attempted to establish a separate and distinct government with the limits of Vir
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 4: State evidence closed. (search)
f modern Southern chivalry,--that it deserves to be reported in full, and preserved as a contrast to the conduct of the Liberators. The murder of Thompson. Mr. Green stated to the Court that he desired to bring out testimony relative to the shooting of Thompson, one of the insurgents, on the bridge; but the State objected to forbearance, he would not object. But unless the knowledge of it could be brought home to the prisoner and his after conduct, he could not see its relevancy. Mr. Green, counsel for defence, contended that they had a right to infer that Brown had been made aware of it, as it was already proved that communications passed between re belonging to this sharp-shooting band. Mr. Andrew Hunter. Will you allow him to state, before proceeding further, how he was connected with Mr. Beckham? Mr. Green. Certainly, sir. Witness. He was my grand-uncle and my special friend — a man I loved above all others. After he was killed, Mr. Chambers and myself moved fo
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 5: the defence. (search)
plan demanded -above or outside of the absolute necessities of his holy scheme and dangerous situation. While freely admitting every act that he committed, therefore, and having no hope whatever of a verdict of acquital, or of a pardon, he sought to prove in Court, by the evidence of his enemies, that he had not in any way transcended the obligations of his divinely-appointed mission. This design, of course, was not acceptable to Virginia; and her loyal sons, therefore,--Messrs. Botts and Green,although they often stated their determination to see justice done, took no efficient steps to secure its fulfillment. This is a copy of the brief directions given to them at the commencement of the trial: it is transcribed from the original, in the old hero's handwriting : John Brown's directions to his counsel. We gave to numerous prisoners perfect liberty. Get all their names. We allowed numerous other prisoners to visit their families, to quiet their fears. Get all their
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: forty days in chains. (search)
ry one who approaches him, and while he talks he reigns. The other prisoners venerate him. Stevens sits in his bed, usually with his face away from the window, and listens all day to the Captain's words, seldom offering a syllable except when called upon. Sometimes he gets a little excited, and springs forward to make clear some point about which I the Captaina is in doubt; but his five bullets, in head and breast, weigh him down, and he is soon exhausted. As for the other men,--Copeland, Green, and Coppic,they are always sending messages to the Captain, assuring him that it was not they who confessed, and he mustn't growl at them, but at Cook. I cannot forget hearing Brown express himself on the subject of the threatening anonymous letters that have been received by (Gov. Wise relating to his case. Well, gentlemen, he said, I tell you what I think of them. They come from no friends of mine. I have nothing to do with such friends. Why, gentlemen, of all the things in the wor
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