Charlestown (VA) Free Press, “Harper’s Ferry Outrage,” February 9, 1860

    Source citation
    “Harper’s Ferry Outrage,” Charlestown (VA) Free Press, February 9, 1860, p. 2: 1.
    Original source
    Virginia Free Press and Farmers’ Repository
    Newspaper: Publication
    Charlestown Free Press
    Newspaper: Headline
    Harper’s Ferry Outrage
    Newspaper: Page(s)
    Newspaper: Column
    Date Certainty
    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
    Transcription date
    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.


    The report of the Joint Committee of the Senate and House of delegates is an elaborate paper, too long for the columns of a country journal, and this is the [fauls?] of meet of the public documents of these prolific times. It recites the events at Harper’s Ferry – gives a history of the proceedings of the National Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States in regard to slavery – and details the legislation of the Northern States on that subject, to show gradual and systematic aggression upon the slaveholding States.

    The report concludes by urging the necessity of adopting such measures as may be necessary to secure ourselves against future aggression, and to meet every emergency. Resolutions are accordingly recommended to pass each hills as may be necessary to organize, arm and equip the militia of the State for active and efficient service; such hills as may be effectual in encouraging domestic manufactures, promoting direct trade wish foreign countries, and establishing commercial independence; also such bills as may be necessary to secure the more prompt and effectual punishment of all foreign emissaries and others who may be found guilty of conspiring against the peace of the community, or seeking to excite our slaves to insurrection.

    How to Cite This Page: "Charlestown (VA) Free Press, “Harper’s Ferry Outrage,” February 9, 1860," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,