Harper's Ferry, Va. – Oct. 16, 1859
JOHN BROWN RAIDS U.S. ARSENAL
A violent raid by a Northern band, led by John Brown, shocked the nation today. Sweeping down from Ohio, the fanatic group tried to seize a United States arsenal. With only a handful of men to support him, John Brown had hoped to acquire sufficient weapons so that he could start a slave rebellion. Failing to obtain the ammunition, Brown did succeed in gaining control of an enginehouse.
The United States is sending a troop of marines to Harper's Ferry to capture the renegade band. High officials in the government had hoped to negotiate the serious slavery issue but tension between the north and south reached its highest peak today.