This editorial from a conservative, former Whig, newspaper in Fayetteville, North Carolina argues that John Brown's defeat at Harpers Ferry, Virginia would actually increase southern security by convincing northern abolitionists that encouraging slave revolts was futile. Fayetteville Observer editor Edward Hale stood out among southern editors for his initial optimism in the aftermath of Brown's dramatic raid. Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise was among those most determined to punish the Harpers Ferry raiders. (By Don Sailer)
Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “So Perish All The Enemies of Our Country!,” October 20, 1859
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