Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, "Additional Particulars of the Insurrection," October 27, 1859

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    “Additional Particulars of the Insurrection,” Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, October 27, 1859, p. 2: 4.
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    Baltimore (MD) Sun
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    Additional Particulars of the Insurrection.

    The Baltimore Sun contains some additional particulars of the attempted insurrection at Harper’s Ferry, from which we extract the following:

    The Hon. Henry A. Wise, Governor of Virginia, has established his quarters in the hotel at Harper’s Ferry, and is extending his investigation of the insurrection in every direction. Witnesses were being hourly brought before him, and the alarming proof of a formidable plot was being gradually traced out. Parties of scouts on horseback, and accompanied by hounds, had gone to the mountains in search of others of the implicated parties and for the purpose of recapturing any parties of slaves that might be found making their way into the free States.

    The Governor is aided in his investigations by District Attorney Ould, of Washington, who has prepared the papers necessary for the commitment to jail of those of the insurgents captured. The following is the only correct list of insurgents killed and captured, both black and white, with their nativity and places of residence.

    Whites. – General John Brown, Oliver Brown and Walter [Watson] Brown, of New York; Aaron C. Stevens, Connecticut; Edwin Coppee [Coppoc], Iowa; Albert Haslett, Pennsylvania; William H. Leeman, Maine; John D. Cook (not arrested) and Samuel [Stewart] Taylor, Connecticut; Charles P. Tidd, Maine; William Thomson and Dolph Thomson, New York; John Kaigle [Kagi], Ohio (brought up in Virginia;) Jerry Anderson, Indiana.

    Negroes. – Dangerford Newbry, Ohio – formerly of Virginia; O.P. Anderson, Pennsylvania; - Emperor, New York – formerly of South Carolina; Lewis Leary and – Copeland, Oberlin, Ohio – formerly of Virginia.

    Old Gen. Ossawattomie Brown and Aaron C. Stevens are still alive. They lie in their beds guarded, and none but the surgeons and attendants are allowed to enter the rooms. Brown has nine wounds, and Stevens three wounds on his person. Edward Cooper [Coppoc] is unhurt, and with the negro Copeland was yesterday taken to the jail at Charlestwon, Va. Emperor, also negro, is in chains at Harper’s Ferry.

    These five are the miserable remnant of the fanatical band.

    Yesterday morning Gov. Wise, accompanied by District Attorney Ould and several others, visited this remarkable man in his bed room. Brown was propped up in his bed, evidently suffering great pain from his numerous wounds, but with his mind collected, and looking calmly about him, now and then giving vent to a groan. The Governor, after questioning him several times, got him into a talkative mood, and he voluntarily made the following important disclosures:

    “I rented the ‘Kennedy Farm’ from Dr. Kennedy, of Sharpsburg, Washington county, Md., and named it after him. Here I ordered to be sent from the East all things required for my undertaking. The boxes were double, so no one could suspect the contents of them, not even the carters engaged in hauling them up from the wharf. All boxes and packages were directed to J. Smith & Son. I never had more than twenty-two men about the place, but I had it arranged that I could arm, at any time, fifteen hundred men with the following arms: two hundred Sharpe’s rifles, two hundred Maynard’s revolvers, one thousand spears and tomahawks. I would have armed the whites with the rifles and pistols, and the blacks with the spears, they not being sufficiently familiar with the other arms.

    “I had plenty of fixed ammunition and enough provisions, and had a good night to expect the aid of from two to five thousand men at any time I wanted. Help was promised me from Maryland, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Canada. This blow was struck a little too soon. The passing of the train (Phelps’, on Sunday night.) did the work against us – that killed us. I should not have let it pass. But I only regret I have failed in my designs, but I have no apologies to make or concessions to ask now. Had we succeeded, when our arms and funds were exhausted by an increasing army, contributions would have been levied on the slave holders and their property appropriated to defray expenses, and carry on the war of freedom. Had I known government money was in the safe here, I would have appropriated it.”

    Old Brown here appeared quite exhausted, and leaned back in his bed, looking calmly around: Gov. Wise told him he had better be preparing for death, to which Brown responded that he (the Governor) though he might live fifteen years, would have a good deal to answer for at last, and had better be preparing now too.


    Mr. Lewis Washington, one of the hostages captured by Capt. Brown, but subsequently safely rescued, is said to be a lineal descendant of Gen. George Washington. Mr. Faulkner, late member of Congress from the Martinsburg district, it is stated, behaved with great gallantry on the occasion, as indeed did the leading men of both parties in the neighborhood. Mr. Washington’s watch and money were taken from him by the insurgents, but subsequently returned to him.
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