Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, "Black Republican Ingratitude," November 3, 1859

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    "Black Republican Ingratitude," Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, November 3, 1859, p. 2: 6.
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    Matt Dudek, Dickinson College
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    Black Republican Ingratitude.

    An exchange paper truthfully remarks: - When old Brown killed five men at Pottawattomie, in Kansas; when he took H. Clay Pate and twenty-one of his party prisoners; when he defeated the Missourians at Ossawattomie; when he killed half a dozen men in a running fight near Lawrence; in short, while he was the leader and successful operator of the free State forces in Kansas, his name was heralded throughout the Black Republican prints as a great man and a hero. There was then no human being like Capt. John Brown, of Kansas. But now, as the tide of fortune has turned, and Captain Brown has been overpowered and captured, his former friends and admirers have deserted him as rats desert a sinking ship. They call him old, and foolhardy, and crazy, and mad. He is no longer a hero. Is not this base ingratitude?

    WHO WAS THE AGRESSOR? – Nearly all the Black Republican journals state that old Ossawattomie Brown was actuated in his movements in Kansas by the spirit of revenge, caused by the killing of one of his sons by the border ruffians. The Chicago Tribune, which is good authority, in a history which it gives of old Brown, says that the Kansas troubles did not commence in the section of Territory where Brown lived, and that the earlier skirmishes developed fighting qualities in Brown which gave him immediate prominence among the free State military leaders. It was this prominence and the notoriety which Brown acquired in the “Wakerusa war” that brought down upon him the revenge of the border ruffians. They desolated his farm and broke up his family, and in the onslaught killed one of his sons.

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