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Burning haystack panics Virginians anticipating an attempt to rescue John Brown

Charles Town, Virginia, during the trial of John Brown, October, 1859, detail
11/17/1859
A haystack burned on a farm during the night three miles from Charlestown, Virginia causing excitement among the already nervous population preparing for the execution of John Brown and his men.  A thousand Virginia militiamen were already estimated to be in or near the town as wild rumors of attempted rescue circulated.  This fire brought a panicked call from militia commanders for the dispatch of even more troops.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Unabated Excitement in Virginia," New York Times, November 19, 1859, p.1. 

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