U.S. Senate votes unanimously for a committee to investigate the Harpers Ferry Raid
The United States Senate voted unanimously to set up a Select Committee to make an inquiry into the Harpers Ferry Raid. James Murray Mason chaired and he and Jefferson Davis of Virginia, along G.N. Fitch of Indiana, represented the Democrats. Jacob Collamer of Vermont and James R. Doolittle of Wisconsin sat for the Republicans. Majority and minority reports were published on party lines when the committee reported in mid-June. (By John Osborne)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 406.