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James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, chapter 2.44 (search)
journalist thus describes the journey to Charlestown : On Wednesday evening they were conveyed to the jail of Jefferson County, under an escort of marines. Stevens and Brown had to be taken in a wagon, but the negro Green and-Coppoc, being unhurt, walked between a file of soldiers, followed by hundreds of excited men, exclaias standing on the platform of the cars, said, 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 ff the jail and jailer a trust-worthy writer says: Brown is as comfortably situated as any man can be in a jail. He has a pleasant room, which is shared by Stevens, whose recovery remains doubtful. He has opportunities of occupying himself by writing and reading. His jailer, Avis, was of the party who assisted in capturing
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 1: the preliminary examination. (search)
lavery eye witness, presented a pitiable sight, Brown and Stevens being unable to stand without assistance. Brown had three sword cuts in his body, and one sabre cut over the head. Stevens had three balls in his head and two in his breast, and one with eyes swollen from the effects of wounds on the head. Stevens seemed less injured than Brown, but looked haggard and deptunity to consult with them at my leisure. Mr. Harding. Stevens, are you willing those gentlemen should act as your counsel? Stevens. I am willing that gentleman shall, (pointing to Mr. Botts.) Mr. Harding. Do you object to Faulkner? StevenStevens. No; I am willing to take both. Mr. Harding then addressed each of the other prisoners separately, and each stated his wavowed object of the liberators. Kitzmillar admitted that Stevens was fired at and shot while under a flag of truce, with wh and Brown the marine. At one stage of the proceedings, Stevens, weak from his wounds, appeared to be fainting, and a matt
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 2: Judicial alacrity. (search)
he prisoners were brought into court, accompanied by a body of armed men. Cannon were stationed in front of the court house, and an armed guard were patrolling round the jail. Brown looked something better, and his eye was not so much swollen. Stevens had to be supported, and reclined on a mattress on the floor of the court room--evidently notable to sit. He has the appearance of a dying man, breathing with great difficulty. The prisoners were compelled to stand during the indictment, but it was with difficulty, Stevens being held upright by two bailiffs. As soon as the prisoners had responded to the arraignment, Mr. Hunter rose and said, The State elects to try John Brown first. A discussion and decision, fit accompaniments to the scene above described, then ensued; which are thus reported by the partisans of the State: Mr. Botts said, I am instructed by Brown to say that he is mentally and physically unable to proceed with his trial at this time. He has heard to-day
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: State evidence. (search)
escribed his arrest, and testified that Captain Brown permitted his prisoners to keep in a safe position; that he never spoke rudely or insultingly to them; that he allowed them to go out, to quiet their families, by assuring them of their personal safety; that he heard him direct his men, on several occasions, never to fire on an unarmed citizen; that he assured the captives that they should be treated well, and none of their property destroyed; and that he overheard a conversation between Stevens and another person, on Southern Institutions, in the course of which that Liberator asked, if he was in favor of slavery? and, on receiving the reply, that, although a non-slaveholder, yet, as a citizen of the South, he would sustain the cause, immediately answered, Then you are the first man I would hang; you deserve it more than a man who is a slaveholder and sustains his interests. He could not swear whether the marines fired after they broke into the engine house; the noise, he said,
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 4: State evidence closed. (search)
that was his last expression; we bore him out on the bridge with the purpose then of hanging him; we had no rope, and none could be found; it was a moment of wild excitement; two of us raised our guns — which one was first I do not know — and pulled the trigger; before he had reached the ground, I suppose some five or six shots had been fired into his body; he fell on the railroad track, his back down to the earth, and his face up; we then went back for the purpose of getting another one, (Stevens;) but he was sick or wounded, and persons around him, and I persuaded them myself to let him alone; I said, Don't let us operate on him, but go around and get some more; we did this act with a purpose, thinking it right and justifiable under the circumstances, and fired and excited by the cowardly, savage manner in which Mr. Beckham's life had been taken. Mr. Andrew Hunter. Is that all, gentlemen? Mr. Botts. Yes, sir. Mr. Andrew Hunter. (To the witness.) Stand aside. This sworn
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 5: the defence. (search)
me there. He had weighed the responsibility, and should not shrink from it; he said he had fall possession of the town, and could have massacred all the inhabitants, had he thought proper to do so; but, as he had not, he considered himself entitled to some terms. He said he shot no one who had not carried arms. I told him that Mayor Beckham had been killed, and that I knew he was altogether unarmed. He seemed sorry to hear of his death, and said, I fight only those who fight me. I saw Stevens at the hotel after he had been wounded [while carrying a flag of truce], and shamed some young men who were endeavoring to shoot him, as he lay in his bed, apparently dying. . . . He had no sympathy for the acts of the prisoner, but he regarded him as a brave man. Two other witnesses corroborated these evidences of the old hero's courage and humanity, and of the cowardly barbarity of the Virginians. The defence here rested their case. Lawyers' tongue-fencing. Whereupon, the lawyer
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 8: the conquering pen. (search)
, even to woman in her walk of charity among us, though it be to one who whetted knives of butchery for our mothers, sisters, daughters, and babes His attempt was the natural consequence of your sympathy. He concluded by announcing that whether the lady should see him or not, when she should arrive in Charlestown, would be for the Court and its officers to say. The Executive, he intimates, and the Judiciary are separate branches of the Government; a statement that the first attempt to try Stevens will explain. The gilded threat of this letter caused Mrs. Child to delay her departure until she should hear from the old hero himself. When his letter came, it prevented her journey. John Brown's letter to Mrs. Child. [No date.] Mrs. L. Maria Child. My dear Friend: (such you prove to be, though a stranger:) Your most kind letter has reached me, with the kind offer to come here and take care of me. Allow me to express my gratitude for your great sympathy, and at the same tim
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: forty days in chains. (search)
ss. The sheriff was frightened, and called the jailer, so that I had only a moment to speak to Stevens, and to say farewell to Mr. Brown, who stood up to take leave of us, saying, The Lord will blewife, and a note to me. He looked better, and brighter, and happier than at my first visit, and Stevens also looked better. The old man said little except about his family, whom he commended to the r in flocks, and gape, and stare, and follow the jailer in and out. He is in the same cell with Stevens, at whose bedside he is constantly found sitting, with the Bible (just closed as the visitor en every 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 Captainintercourse with the rest of his confederates now in jail? Official. He has not, except with Stevens, who occupies the same cell with him. Reporter. Did he seem pleased when he was informed tha
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 10: husband and wife. (search)
ndred men, would not protract the last interview between a brave man and his sorrow-stricken wife. Mrs. Brown, we are told, was led into the cell by the jailer. Her husband rose, and, as she entered, received her in his arms. For some minutes they stood speechless,--Mrs. Brown resting her head upon her husband's breast, and clasping his neck with her arms. At length they sat down and spoke; and from Captain Avis, who was the only witness of that sorrowful scene, (his fellow-prisoner, Stevens, having been placed in an adjoining cell before the entrance of the wife,) the following record comes: John Brown spoke first. Wife, I am glad to see you, he said. My dear husband, it is a hard fate. Well, well; cheer up, cheer up, Mary. We must all bear it in the best manner we can. I believe it is all for the best. Our poor children--God help them. Those that are dead to this world are angels in another. How are all those still living? Tell them their father died without a
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 11: the victory over death. (search)
ned to Coppic and said: Coppoc, you also made false statements, but I am glad to hear you have contradicted them. Stand up like a man. He also handed him a quarter. He shook both by the hand, and they parted. The prisoner was then taken to Stevens's cell, and they kindly interchanged greetings. Stevens: Good by, Captain; I know you are going to a better land. Brown replied: I know I am. Brown told him to bear up, and not betray his friends, giving him a quarter. He did not visitStevens: Good by, Captain; I know you are going to a better land. Brown replied: I know I am. Brown told him to bear up, and not betray his friends, giving him a quarter. He did not visit Hazlett, as he has always persisted in denying any knowledge of him. How touchingly manly, and yet what childlike simplicity! I know I am --l he gave them a quarter, are both equally characteristic of the mail. A triumphal march. At eleven o'clock, John Brown came out of jail. An eye witness said of his appearance at this solemn moment: He seemed to walk out of the Gates of Fame; his countenance was radiant; he walked with the step of a conqueror. Another spectator — every one, in
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