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Aaron D. Stevens to Jennie Dunbar

Aaron D. Stevens to Jennie Dunbar
Creator: Stevens, Aaron D.
Date: December 3, 1859
From his jail cell at Charles Town, Virginia, abolitionist Aaron Dwight Stevens, 1831-1860, wrote his dear friend, Jennie Dunbar, regarding his actions and prospects ("Slavery demands that we should hang for its protection") and that he regretted nothing except that he would not live to "see this Country free." Stevens, reported to be one of abolitionist John Brown's bravest men, used the alias Captain Charles Whipple while following Brown. Stevens was convicted of treason and conspiring with slaves for his part in Brown's October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was hung at Charles Town on March 16, 1860.


Aaron Dwight Stevens

Aaron Dwight Stevens
Creator: Moore, J. S.
Date: 1856
A cabinet card of Aaron Dwight Stevens, 1831-1860. Stevens, reported to be one of abolitionist John Brown's bravest men, used the alias Captain Charles Whipple while following Brown. Stevens was convicted of treason and conspiring with slaves for his part in Brown's October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was hung at Charles Town, Virginia on March 16, 1860.


Aaron Dwight Stevens

Aaron Dwight Stevens
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: 1856
A cyanotype of Aaron Dwight Stevens, 1831-1860, from a drawing made by Samuel J. Reader of Shawnee County, Kansas Territory. Stevens, reported to be one of abolitionist John Brown's bravest men, used the alias Captain Charles Whipple while following Brown. Stevens was convicted of treason and conspiring with slaves for his part in Brown's October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was hung at Charles Town, Virginia on March 16, 1860.


Aaron Dwight Stevens

Aaron Dwight Stevens
Creator: Hinton, Richard J. (Richard Josiah), 1830-1901
Date: 1856
A pen sketch of Aaron Dwight Stevens, 1831-1860, published in Richard Hinton's book, "John Brown and His Men." Stevens, reported to be one of abolitionist John Brown's bravest men, used the alias Captain Charles Whipple while following Brown. Stevens was convicted of treason and conspiring with slaves for his part in Brown's October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was hung at Charles Town, Virginia on March 16, 1860.


Adolphus Dauphin Thompson

Adolphus Dauphin Thompson
Creator: Hinton, Richard J . (Richard Josiah), 1830-1901
Date: 1859
Sketch of Adolphus Thompson for illustration in Richard Hinton's book; John Brown and His Men. He was killed at Harpers Ferry. Two of his siblings were married to Brown's children.


Adolphus Dauphin Thompson

Adolphus Dauphin Thompson
Date: 1859
Portrait of Adolphus Dauphin Thompson, one of John Brown's men. He was killed at Harpers Ferry.


Albert Hazlett

Albert Hazlett
Date: 1859
Portrait of Albert Hazlett, one of John Brown's men. He was captured and executed at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.


Barclay Coppoc

Barclay Coppoc
Date: 1859
Portrait of Barclay Coppoc, one of John Brown's men who escaped at Harpers Ferry.


Barclay Coppoc

Barclay Coppoc
Creator: Hinton, Richard J . (Richard Josiah), 1830-1901
Date: 1859
A pen and ink drawing of Barclay Coppoc used as an illustration in Richard J. Hinton's book John Brown and His men. Coppoc escaped from Harpers Ferry.


Bringing the prisoners out of the engine house at Harpers Ferry

Bringing the prisoners out of the engine house at Harpers Ferry
Date: 1859
Illustration showing soldiers bringing the prisoners out of the engine house at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia).


Burying dead insurgents after Harpers Ferry insurrection

Burying dead insurgents after Harpers Ferry insurrection
Creator: Frank Leslies Illustrated Newspaper
Date: 1859
A sketch of the dead Harpers Ferry insurgents being buried.


C. Whipple [Aaron.D. Stevens] to Jenny Dunbar

C. Whipple [Aaron.D. Stevens] to Jenny Dunbar
Creator: Stevens, Aaron D.
Date: October 7, 1859
The last of three "love letters" written by Aaron D. Stevens, alias Charles Whipple, to a girl he apparently had only recently met. He desperately desired a closer relationship. It was dated October 7, 1859, "near Harper's Ferry." (He had been writing for at least a month and had not received a letter from her.) Stevens rode with John Brown in Kansas, participated in the Harpers Ferry raid on October 18, 1859, and died on the Charlestown gallows in the spring of 1860.


Capt. Cook brought out of jail

Capt. Cook brought out of jail
Date: 1859
An illustration of Captain John Cook, a John Brown follower, being brought out of jail and surrounded by soldiers.


Carrying the prisoners from the armory to the railroad station, in route to Charlestown, Virginia,  for trial

Carrying the prisoners from the armory to the railroad station, in route to Charlestown, Virginia, for trial
Date: 1859
An illustration showing Harpers Ferry prisoners being carried from the armory to the railroad station, in route to Charlestown, Virginia, for trial.


Charles Plummer Tidd

Charles Plummer Tidd
Creator: Hinton, Richard J . (Richard Josiah), 1830-1901
Date: 1859
A pen and ink sketch of Charles Plummer Tidd used as an illustration in Hinton's book, John Brown and His Men. Tidd, a John Brown follower, escaped the Harpers Ferry raid and returned to Kansas.


Charles Plummer Tidd

Charles Plummer Tidd
Date: 1859
Portrait of Charles Plummer Tidd, who was one of John Brown's men who escaped from Harpers Ferry.


Charles Plummer Tidd

Charles Plummer Tidd
Date: 1859
A tintype of Charles Plummer Tidd, one of John Brown's followers that escaped from Harpers Ferry.


Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia, where John Brown's trial was held.

Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia, where John Brown's trial was held.
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
Post card showing the court house in Charles Town, W. VA. Where John Brown's trial was held.


Dangerfield Newby

Dangerfield Newby
Date: 1859
Dangerfield Newby, a John Brown follower, who was killed at the gate of the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.


Dangerfield Newby

Dangerfield Newby
Date: 1859
An engraving of Dangerfield Newby who was killed at Harpers Ferry.


Dangerfield Newby

Dangerfield Newby
Creator: Hinton, Richard J . (Richard Josiah), 1830-1901
Date: 1859
Pen and ink sketch of Dangerfield Newby who was killed at the gate of the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.


Edwin Coppoc

Edwin Coppoc
Date: 1859
Edwin Coppoc, one of John Brown's men who attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. He was hanged along with other Brown followers in December 1859.


Edwin Coppoc

Edwin Coppoc
Date: 1859
A pen and ink sketch of Edwin Coppoc used as an illustration in Richard J. Hinton's book, Brown and His Men.


Engine house at Harpers Ferry

Engine house at Harpers Ferry
Date: 1859
Illustration showing the interior of the engine house, just before the gate was broken down by a storming party. Col. Washington and his associates as captives, held by Brown as hostages at Harpers Ferry.


Francis Jackson Merriam

Francis Jackson Merriam
Date: 1859
Portrait of Francis Jackson Merriam, one of John Brown's men who escaped from Harpers Ferry.


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