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Chapter 9: fallen among thieves. Up to the close of Monday evening, John Brown had successfully maintained his position against the united forces of Virginia and Maryland. With his three surviving followers he was now prepared to oppose the Nation ; and, knowing no fear but the failure to do his duty, he prepared to resist her forces also. Hemmed in by an overwhelming force, with the knowledge that, when the morrow's sun should rise, he must fall before its physical superiority, he nev
the public arms.
He had army and ammunition enough reshipped from Kansas.
He only intended to make the first demonstration at this point, when he expected to receive a rapid increase of the allies from Abolitionists every where settled through Maryland and Virginia, sufficient to take possession of both States, with all of the negroes they could capture.
He did not expect to encounter the Federal troops.
He had only a general idea as to his course; it was to be a general south-west course th