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The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry as I Saw It   By: (1837-1916)

The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry as I Saw It by Samuel Vanderlip Leech

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Transcriber's Notes: No corrections of typographical or other errors have been made to this text. Words in italics in the original are surrounded by underscores . Words in bold in the original are surrounded by =equal signs=. On pages 6 and 7 of the original, a note was typed vertically in the margin. These notes have been treated as footnotes and an anchor has been added in the text. The letter that occurs at the end of the text was not bound into the original book. It was an insert included with the book and has been reproduced here.

[Illustration: CAPT. JOHN BROWN]

The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry As I Saw It.

BY

REV. SAMUEL VANDERLIP LEECH, D. D.

Author of "Ingersoll and The Bible," "The Three Inebriates," "From West Virginia to Pompeii," "Seven Elements in Successful Preaching," Etc.

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.

THE DESOTO WASHINGTON, D. C. 1909

Copyright by S. V. Leech, 1909.

THE RAID OF JOHN BROWN AT HARPER'S FERRY AS I SAW IT.

By REV. SAMUEL VANDERLIP LEECH, D. D.

The town of Harper's Ferry is located in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Lucerne, in Switzerland does not excel it in romantic grandeur of situation. On its northern front the Potomac sweeps along to pass the national capital, and the tomb of Washington, in its silent flow towards the sea. On its eastern side the Shenandoah hurries to empty its waters into the Potomac, that in perpetual wedlock they may greet the stormy Atlantic. Across the Potomac the Maryland Heights stand out as the tall sentinels of Nature. Beyond the Shenandoah are the Blue Ridge mountains, fringing the westward boundary of Loudon County, Virginia. Between these rivers, and nestling inside of their very confluence, reposes Harper's Ferry. Back of its hills lies the famous Shenandoah Valley, celebrated for its natural scenery, its historic battles and "Sheridan's Ride." At Harper's Ferry the United States authorities early located an Arsenal and an Armory.

Before the Civil War, the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was constituted of five extensive districts in Virginia, stretching from Alexandria to Lewisburg and two great districts north of the Potomac, including the cities of Washington and Baltimore. The first three years of my ministerial life I spent on Shepherdstown, West Loudon and Hillsboro Circuits, being then all in Virginia. The State of West Virginia, now embracing Harper's Ferry, had not been organized by Congress as a war measure out of the territory of the mother State. Our Methodist Episcopal Church was theoretically an anti slavery organization; but our Virginia and Maryland members held thousands of inherited and many purchased slaves. These were generally well cared for and contented. Being close to the free soil of Pennsylvania they could have gotten there in a night had they wished to escape bondage, and then they could have easily reached Canada by that Northern aid, called the "Underground Railroad."

On the Sunday night when John Brown and his men invaded Virginia, I slept within a half mile of Harper's Ferry. That day I inaugurated revival services at my westward appointment called "Ebenezer," in Loudon County two miles from Harper's Ferry. I was twenty two years of age.

Three months before this raid Captain John Brown with two of his sons, Owen and Oliver, and Jeremiah G. Anderson, calling themselves "Isaac Smith and Sons" rented a small farm on the Maryland side of the Potomac four miles from Harper's Ferry. It was known as the "Booth Kennedy Place." They also carried on across the mountains at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a small hardware store managed by John H. Kagi. It was a depot for the munitions of war to be hauled to their Maryland farm. Another of Brown's men, John E. Cook, sold maps in the vicinity... Continue reading book >>




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