|The house where John Brown was born burned down in 1918.|
|John Brown, about 1856.|
Brown, of course, was one of the most polarizing figures in the country in the years just before the Civil War. An ardent abolitionist, he hoped to incite a rebellion of slaves when he and his followers raided the government armory and arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Va., on Oct. 16, 1859. His plans were crushed by miltia led by Robert E. Lee, and Brown was captured, tried, convicted of treason and finally hanged on Dec. 2, 1859, in Charles Town, Va. Brown became a martyr in the North, and his death put the nation on the course for the Civil War.
(1) Torrington Historical Society website
|Stone marker for Brown's birthplace in Torrington, Conn.|
|An illustration of the Brown house, which burned down in 1918.|
|These stones are all that remain of an outbuilding on the Brown property.|