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Mont Alto in Franklin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Captain John E. Cook

 
 
Captain John E. Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, May 7, 2007
1. Captain John E. Cook Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot Captain John E. Cook, of John Brown’s Army of Liberation, was captured and disarmed on October 25, 1859 by Daniel Logan and others. He was hanged at Charlestown, Virginia, December 16, 1859.
 
Erected 1909 by Kittichtinny Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRLaw Enforcement. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1906.
 
Location. 39° 50.41′ N, 77° 32.654′ W. Marker is in Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street (Route 233) and Slabtown Road on Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mont Alto PA 17237, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Brown Raid (here, next to this marker); Ralph Elwood Brock (here, next to this marker); Pennsylvania State Forest Academy (here, next to this marker); George H. Wirt (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Penn State Mont Alto Campus (about 700 feet away); Conklin Hall
Captain John E. Cook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Peter Linehan, May 7, 2007
2. Captain John E. Cook Marker
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Chestnut Spring (approx. 0.6 miles away); Snow Hill Cloister (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mont Alto.
 
More about this marker. There is a newer marker across the street. This is at the entrance of Penn State Mont Alto.
 
Regarding Captain John E. Cook. John Brown (1800–1859) was the first white American abolitionist to advocate and practice insurrection as a means to the abolition of slavery. He was tried for treason in Virginia and hanged, but he was considered a hero by millions of Americans at the time.

Daniel Logan was a notorious slave-catcher. He and others like him were enabled by the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
 
Additional keywords. Captain John Cooke
 
Chapel at Penn State Mont Alto image. Click for full size.
By Peter linehan, April 29, 2007
3. Chapel at Penn State Mont Alto
Behind the marker is the former Episcopal Chapel at Mont Alto. John Brown preached here shortly before the raid on Harper's Ferry. The chapel is now part of the Penn State Mont Alto campus.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2007, by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 4,582 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2007, by Peter Linehan of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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