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Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of the Execution of John Brown

 
 
Site of the Execution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris Able, December 31, 2012
1. Site of the Execution Marker
Inscription. Site of the execution on Dec. 2, 1859, of John Brown, leader of the raid at Harper’s Ferry.
 
Location. 39° 17.143′ N, 77° 51.368′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from South Samuel Street just south of Hunter Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on private property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S Samuel St, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Brown Scaffold (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown Hanging Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Happy Retreat (approx. ¼ mile away); Zion Episcopal Churchyard (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles Town Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edge Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles Town.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on private property. Be sure you do trespass
Site of the Execution of John Brown image. Click for full size.
By Chris Able, December 31, 2012
2. Site of the Execution of John Brown
This view it east-southeast. The marker is in the lower right of the photo, up against the foundation, facing right.
onto the property.
 
Also see . . .  The Hanging. American Experience website. “Admittance to John Brown’s execution was severely restricted. Virginia governor Henry A. Wise, fearing a last minute attempt to free Brown, had ordered 1,500 soldiers to Charlestown. Suspicious characters and loiterers were to be arrested. The hanging site would be free of all civilians. No person was allowed within hearing distance of the gallows; if Brown presented memorable last words, they would go unheard.” (Submitted on December 31, 2012.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Execution of John Brown, In a Stubble Field, Near Charlestown, Va. image. Click for full size.
Virginia Historical Society Archive
3. The Execution of John Brown, In a Stubble Field, Near Charlestown, Va.
From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 10 December 1859.
John Brown image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. John Brown
This 1872 portrait of John Brown by Ole Peter Hansen Balling hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washingotn DC.

“There were those who noted a touch of insanity in abolitionist John Brown; he believed he had been called by God to embark on a personal crusade to end slavery. Brown and five of his sons were actively engaged in the bloody guerrilla war being waged in Kansas in 1855-56, between proslavery and anti-slavery factions. But in 1857, Brown began making plans for the 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, an event that would make him both infamous and immortal. The scheme to commandeer firearms with which to arm a slave rebellion failed, and Brown was captured, tried, and hanged. His insurrection found favor among many northern abolitionists. In response, southerners viewed Brown as a sign that they must either break their allegiance to the Union or be destroyed by an increasingly fanatical North. ” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on .   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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