John Brown Raider's Charcoal Sketch

Creator:
Aaron Dwight Stevens
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0092
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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John Brown's Scaffold Remnants

These pieces of scaffold are believed to be remnants from the gallows on which John Brown was hanged.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0093
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

19th United States Colored Troops

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0094
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
credits:
Courtesy, U.S. Army Military History Institute
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Portrait Of Colonel Lewis Washington

The great-grandnephew of George Washington, Colonel Lewis Washington was a slaveholder and resident of Jefferson County at the time of the Harpers Ferry insurrection. He lived about five miles from the town and was among the county's aristocratic elite.John Brown ordered Lewis Washington taken hostage and brought to the Armory. Brown's men armed the Colonel's slaves with pikes. A slaveholder's greatest fear--insurrection--had occurred. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0095
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Effects Of The Fugitive Slave Law

Date:
C. 1850s
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0001
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Nat Turner's Revolt

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0002
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Nat Turner's Rebellion

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0080
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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"North Versus South" Fremont Post

During the 1840s, the sectional conflict over slavery became increasingly prominent and strident in American political life. In 1850, Senators Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun supported a complicated piece of legislation known as the Compromise of 1850. Their goal was to maintain a balance of power in the U.S. Senate between southern and northern delegations. In this way they hoped to postpone indefinitely any fundamental change in the status of slavery within the United States and to stablize the turbulent political climate. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0081
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

John Brown's Shears

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0082
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry Armory Gate

This is a segment off the entrace gate to the United States Armory at Harpers Ferry. When John Brown and his men entered the grounds of the armory, they began an armed insurrection against the government of the United States. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0083
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park