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Here Lies Buried John Brown

 
 
Here Lies Buried John Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 12, 2011
1. Here Lies Buried John Brown Marker


Inscription.
John Brown of Osawatomie
Here Lies Buried
John Brown

Born at Torrington, Connecticut
May 9th, 1800
He emigrated to Kansas in 1855 where he took an active part in the contest against the pro-slavery party. He gained in August 1856 a victory at Osawatomie over a superior number of Missourians who had invaded Kansas (whence his surname "Osawatomie")
He conceived the idea of becoming a liberator of the negro slaves in the south and on the night of October 16, 1859 at the head of a devoted band of 22 followers he seized the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia with the view of arming the negroes who might come to his fortified camp. In the fight with United States troops and civilians which followed he was overpowered and taken prisoner October 18, 1859, was tried by the commonwealth of Virginia at Charlestown, Virginia and executed December 2, 1859.
Here Lie Buried with Him
Twelve of His Followers

Watson Brown (Son of John Brown) of North Elba, N.Y.
Oliver Brown (Son of John Brown) of North Elba, N.Y.
William Thompson, of North Elba, N.Y.
Dauphin Adolphus Thompson, of North Elba, N.Y.
John Henri Kagi, Adjutant
William H. Leeman, Lieutenant
Jeremiah G. Anderson, Lieutenant
Steward Taylor
Dangerfield
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 12, 2011
2. Here Lies Buried John Brown Marker Detail
Newby, Negro
Lewis S. Leary, Negro
The above ten were killed at the Harper's Ferry Fight
Aaron D. Stevens, Captain
Albert Hazlett, Lieutenant
The above two were taken prisoners and hanged March 16, 1860

The following men of John Brown's band escaped, but were captured and hanged December 16, 1859,
John E. Cook, Captain
Edwin Coppoc, Lieutenant
Shields Green, Negro
John A. Copeland, Negro

The following men of John Brown's band escaped.
Owen Brown, Captain (Son of John Brown)
Francis Jackson Merriam
Charles Plummer Tidd, Captain
Barclay Coppoc
Osborne P. Anderson, Negro
John Anderson, Negro

 
Erected 1916 by Byron B. Brewster. Marker states," This tablet erected through the efforts of Byron B. Brewster of Lake Placid, NY.".
 
Location. 44° 15.121′ N, 73° 58.27′ W. Marker is in North Elba, New York, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from John Brown Road half a mile south of New York State Route 73, on the right. Touch for map. The marker is within John Brown Farm State Historic Site, off the loop at the end of John Brown Road. There is an iron fence around the small cemetery where the marker is mounted on a large stone. Marker is at or near
In the John Brown Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 11, 2011
3. In the John Brown Cemetery
this postal address: 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid NY 12946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The XIII Winter Olympic Games (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sonja Henie Ice Fountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Henry J. Kaiser (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kate Smith Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); New York World War Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 8.6 miles away); Wilderness Lady (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is in North Elba, which is just south of the Village of Lake Placid.
 
Also see . . .
1. PBS.Org : People & Events John Brown 1800 - 1859. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. John Brown Farm State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
3. History of the Song, "John Brown's Body". (Submitted on August 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional comments.
1. John Browns Statement at Sentencing
"Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of millions
John Brown Head Stone image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 12, 2011
4. John Brown Head Stone
John Brown was buried here on December 8, 1859, six days after he was hanged for his raid on the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. The headstone over John Brown's grave, housed in a protective glass case, is inscribed with five names. It was originally carved to memorialize Brown's grandfather, Captain John Brown, who died in New York while serving in the Continental Army. In the spring of 1857, Brown had his grandfather's headstone sent from Connecticut to North Elba, adding to it an inscription for his son Frederick, who had been killed and buried in Kansas. On the morning of Brown's execution in 1859, he directed that three more names be added to the stone: his own and the names of his sons, Oliver and Watson, who were killed in the raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
Headstone inscription;
In
Memory of
Captn John Brown
Who Died At
New York Septr Ye
3 1776 in the 48
year of his Age

John Brown
Born, May 9, 1800
was Executed at Charle(s)
ton, Va. Dec. 2, 1859

Oliver Brown
Born Mar. 9,1839, was
Killed at Harper's Ferry
Oct. 17,1859

On the Back:

In memory of
Frederick
son of John & Dianthe Brown
Born Dec.21, 1830, and
murdered at Osawatomie
Kansas, Aug. 3-, 1856
for his adherence to
the cause of freedom

Watson Brown Born Oct.
7,1835, was wound
ed at Harper's Ferry
Oct. 17 & Died Oct.
19, 1859
in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done.
"
--John Brown, statement at his sentencing on November, 2, 1859
    — Submitted August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

2. The Song, "John Brown's Body"

The Song, "John Brown's Body" is an American marching song about the abolitionist John Brown. The song was popular in the Union during the American Civil War:

Old John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save;
But though he lost his life in struggling for the slave,
His truth is marching on.

Chorus:
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on!

John Brown was a hero, undaunted, true and brave;
Kansas knew his valor when he fought her rights to save;
And now though the grass grows green above his grave,
His truth is marching on.
Chorus

He captured Harpers Ferry with his nineteen men so few,
And he frightened "Old Virginny" till she trembled through and through,
They hung him for a traitor, themselves a traitor crew,
But his truth is marching on.
Chorus

John Brown was John the Baptist for the Christ
In the John Brown Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 11, 2011
5. In the John Brown Cemetery
This large rock has the words, "John Brown 1859" inscribed on the top of it. The Here Lies Buried John Brown plaque is afixed to the opposite side of this rock.
we are to see,
Christ who of the bondsman shall the Liberator be;
And soon throughout the sunny South the slaves shall all be free.
For his truth is marching on.
Chorus

The conflict that he heralded, he looks from heaven to view,
On the army of the Union with its flag, red, white, and blue,
And heaven shall ring with anthems o'er the deeds they mean to do,
For his truth is marching on.
Chorus

Oh, soldiers of freedom, then strike while strike you may
The deathblow of oppression in a better time and way;
For the dawn of old John Brown was brightened into day,
And his truth is marching on.
Chorus

John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
But his soul goes marching on.

Chorus:
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!
His soul goes marching on.

He's gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord
He's gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord
He's gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord
His soul goes marching on.
Chorus

John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back
John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back
John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back
His soul goes marching
The John Brown Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
6. The John Brown Cemetery
This photo by noted Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard shows the John Brown Cemetery in 1896.
on.
Chorus

John Brown died that the slaves might be free
John Brown died that the slaves might be free
John Brown died that the slaves might be free
But his soul goes marching on.
Chorus

The stars above in Heaven now are looking kindly down
The stars above in Heaven now are looking kindly down
The stars above in Heaven now are looking kindly down
On the grave of old Jo
hn Brown.
Chorus
    — Submitted August 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.

 
Additional keywords. Slavery and abolition Seekers of Freedom
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
John Brown May 9, 1800 - Dec 2, 1859 image. Click for full size.
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7. John Brown May 9, 1800 - Dec 2, 1859
John Brown Monument image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 11, 2011
8. John Brown Monument
The John Brown Memorial Association began making pilgrimages to the John Brown Farm in 1922, commissioning the memorial statue, the work of the New York City sculptor, Joseph Pollia and the Roman Bronze Works, Inc. of Corona, New York. Erected by the Carnes Granite Company of AuSable Forks, New York, it was unveiled on May 9, 1935, and dedicated then "to John Brown and his comrads" by the John Brown Memorial Association, Incorporated. The Association no longer exists.
The John Brown Farm - North Elba, NY image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 11, 2011
9. The John Brown Farm - North Elba, NY
The John Brown Memorial Association donated the John Brown Farm to New York State in 1896. The farmhouse, on the left, was restored by the New York State Education Department bewtween 1957 & 1959, and set with period funishings. The John Brown gravesite is in the center, surrounded by a high iron fence. In the distance, on the right, is the 120 meter ski jump tower built for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid.
John Brown Grave - Farm - Road image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 11, 2011
10. John Brown Grave - Farm - Road
The John Brown Grave is on the John Brown Farm at the end of John Brown Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 1,542 times since then and 95 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 2, 2012. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4. submitted on August 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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