answer for their safety.’
was instructed to receive no counter propositions from Brown
, and to say that if they accepted the proffered terms they must immediately give up their arms and release their prisoners.
spurned the offered terms of surrender.
At a given signal to this effect from Stuart
ordered forward twelve marines, led by Lieutenant Green
, that he had put under cover near the engine-house, three of them supplied with sledge hammers to break in the doors, to attack Brown
's party with bayonets, taking care not to injure the citizens held captive, nor the captured slaves unless they resisted.
The storming party quickly attacked the doors, but Brown
had barricaded them inside with the fire-engine and fastened them by ropes, so the sledges were of no avail.
then ordered forward reserves, with a heavy ladder for a battering ram, with which a portion of the door was dashed in and admission gained.
Up to that time Brown
's fire had been harmless, but at the threshold one marine was mortally wounded.
The others quickly ended the contest, bayoneting the insurrectionists that resisted, Lieutenant Green
cutting down Brown
with his sword.
The whole affair was over in a few minutes, and the captured citizens and slaves were released.
A party of marines under Stuart
was then sent to the Kennedy farm
, which captured pikes (said to have been over 1,000), blankets, tools, tents, and other necessaries for a campaign, which Brown
had there stored.
A party of Maryland
troops secured from the schoolhouse, where Brown
had deposited them, boxes of carbines and revolvers, and the horses and wagon of Colonel Washington
, which Brown
had sent there to bring his military supplies to Harper's Ferry
in his official report to Col. S. Cooper
of the United States army, dated October 19th, stated, from information in papers taken from the insurgents and from their statements: ‘It appears that the party consisted of 19 men—14 white and 5 black.
They were headed by John Brown
, of some notoriety in Kansas
, who in June last located himself in Maryland
, at the Kennedy farm
, where he has been engaged in preparing to capture the United States
works at Harper's Ferry
He avows that his object was the liberation of the slaves of Virginia
and of the whole South
, and ’