“Why Did Virginia Try John Brown?” – Dennis Frye

710 words (This is a portion of a video that is no longer available online).

https://web.archive.org/web/20130308015425/https://civilwarscholars.com/2011/06/why-did-virginia-try-john-brown-dennis-frye/

The following is a truncated transcript of Mr. Frye’s discussion, noting the times of statements. The full narrative can, of course, be heard on the video-ED

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Brown attacks a United States Government installation. Brown seizes a United States Armory and United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Brown is seized by United States Marines. He is surrounded, captured on United States property . . .

So, why all this repetition of “the United States?” Because he attacked the United States.

Yet he does not end up in a federal court . . .

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Instead he comes to trial here in a circuit court in Jefferson County, Virginia . . .

1:33 The federal government was not nearly the central government that we think of it today . . .

2:25

Virginia said: “He attacked our people. He killed our people . . .”

2:58

James Buchanan did not want to touch John Brown. I often think of John Brown here as Pontius Pilate . . .

3:28 Ultimately what’s on trial is not Brown but slavery . . .

To learn more, see the video (Total Running Time: 4:24)

References:

“James Buchanan.” Wikipedia English. Latest update 27 Oct. 2009. Web. 2 May 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan

“John Brown His Soul Goes Marching On. The Raid.” West Virginia Archives and History. 25 July 2008. Web. 10 July 2010.

“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Print.

“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. “John Brown His Soul Goes Marching On. The Trial. Newspaper Sketches.” West Virginia Archives and History. 25 July 2008. Web. 10 July 2010.

Video:

Frye, Dennis. “Why Did Virginia Try John Brown?.” American Military University Civil War Scholars. 14 April 2011. Web. 2 May 2011.

Flickr Set:

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“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Print.

“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. “John Brown His Soul Goes Marching On. The Trial. Newspaper Sketches.” West Virginia Archives and History. 25 July 2008. Web. 10 July 2010.

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“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Print.

“John Brown trial” Leslie’s. (November 12, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. “John Brown His Soul Goes Marching On. The Trial. Newspaper Sketches.” West Virginia Archives and History. 25 July 2008. Web. 10 July 2010.

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“Charles Town Courthouse.” (November 19, 1859). Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Print.

“Charles Town Courthouse.” (November 19, 1859).Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. “John Brown His Soul Goes Marching On. The Trial. Newspaper Sketches.” West Virginia Archives and History. 25 July 2008. Web. 10 July 2010.

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Strother, David H., “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, New York, NY: Harper and Bros.
Volume 33, Issue: 194, July, 1866. pp. 137-160. Print.

Strother, David H. (July, 1866). “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harpers Magazine. 7 May 2008. Web. 20 Oct. 2010.

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Strother, David H., “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, New York, NY: Harper and Bros. Volume 34, Issue: 200, January, 1867. pp. 172-192. Print.

Strother, David H., (Jan., 1867). “Personal Recollections of the Civil War.” Harpers Magazine. 7 May 2008. Web. 20 Oct. 2010.