The insurrection, so called, at Harper's Ferry, proves a verity. Old Brown of Osawatomie, who was last heard of on his way from Missouri to Canada with a band of runaway slaves, now turns up in Virginia, where he seems to have been for some months plotting and preparing for a general stampede of slaves. How he came to be in Harper's Ferry, and in possession of the U.S. Armory, is not yet clear; but he was probably betrayed or exposed, and seized the Armory as a place of security until he could safely get away. The whole affair seems the work of a madman; but John Brown has so often looked death serenely in the face, that what seems madness to others doubtless wore a different aspect to him....

[Editor's Note: The majority of this article has been omitted from our transcription except for the portions directly mentioning the term "slave stampedes" or some variant.]


"The Virginia Insurrection," Jamestown (NY) Journal, November 4, 1859, p. 1.

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Location of Stampede
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Via Wire Report
Location of Coverage- City
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New York
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