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On a moonlit night in mid-October 158 years ago, 21 men, under the command of John Brown, marched eight miles from a farm house in Maryland to the Virginia town of Harpers Ferry. Located at the confluence of the Shenendoah and Potomac Rivers, the town maintained a federal armory.
During the late night of October 16, the 22 men took control of the armory by force. Their next objective was to raid area farms and plantations and free slaves. Following a two-day siege against area militia and U.S. marines the attempt was short-lived. Lying wounded near his two dead sons, John Brown was captured.
Within a week legal, proceedings against John Brown were brought forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Indicted for murder, treason, and conspiracy he was found guilty following the jury’s 45-minute deliberation. For his crimes John Brown was hanged in Charles Town, Virginia on December 2, 1859. A page in American history was turned.
To commemorate this historical event, the 1859 court room inside Independence Hall hosted a “contemporary trial” of John Brown. This jury’s verdicts found him innocent of murder and guilty of treason and conspiracy.
I would like to thank the following for their time, effort, and participation in making this event a great success: the Honorable Judge Harry White, Paul McKay, Dennis O’ Donnell, James Guy, Larry Freeland, Dennis McGrath, Scott Lane, Cole Coates, Tom McFadden, Tom Buckley, Lloyd Wells, Emery Stewart, John Hepburn, Judi Hendrickson, Cherie Metcalf, Scott Smith, Kasey Forsch, Walter Latacz, Sondra Clutter, Dave Clutter, Jerry Ebbert, Lova Ebbert, Michelle McFadden, Jeanne Finstien, Joe Atkinson and Ed Phillips. Also, I would like to thank the Wheeling Heritage Foundation and the Elm Grove Riesbeck’s for providing refreshments and the support of Debbie Jones, curator, for Wheeling’s Independence Hall and the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable.