From "Harpers Ferry" about two weeks before the raid that took his life, William H. Leeman wrote his mother that, although he didn't want to worry her, he was "waring with Slavery the greatest Curse that ever infested America," and he fully expected the entire South to be "free" by the time they finished. He had "been Engaged [for the past three years] in a Secret Asosiation [sic] of as gallaint fellows as ever puled a trigger with the sole purpose of the Extermination of Slavery," and they were now ready and "determined to strike for Freedom Incite the Slaves to Rebelion and Establish a free government."
Creator: Leeman, William H.
Date: October 2, 1859
Item Number: 90078
Call Number: Richard Hinton Coll. #384 Box 1 Folder 9
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90078
Collections - Manuscript - Hinton, Richard
Date - 1854-1860 - 1859
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery - Abolition - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - African Americans - Slavery
Places - Other States - Virginia
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters