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John Brown's attack on Harpers Ferry continues with the townspeople fighting back

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10/17/1859
John Brown's attack on Harpers Ferry continued.  Hostages had been assembled under guard in the fire station of the Armory and the townspeople began firing on the raiders.  Before noon on this day, Brown and most of his men were surrounded, with their hostages, in the fire house.  There were dead amongst both citizens and raiders during the day.  Before midnight, a force of U.S. Marines arrived by train from Washington, led by Colonel Robert E. Lee. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
John Stauffer, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002), 237.
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