Engraving entitled Harpers Ferry Insurrection, the battle ground, Captain Alberts' party attacking the insurgents. The illustration shows the shootout between Marines and insurgents, with a view of the railroad bridge, the engine-house, and the village. John Brown, a white abolitionist, attempted to start an armed slave revolt by seizing a military arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859. He was defeated by a detachment of Marines led by Colonel Robert E. Lee. John Brown was the first white man to use violence in an attempt to end slavery. The raid alarmed many in the South and led to militarization in preparation for a Northern invasion. Brown was tried and executed for treason, murder, and conspiracy.
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