Street Scene in London

Harper's Ferry — The Scene of the Late Insurrection. Harper's Weekly (29 October 1859): 692. Image scan and text by Philip V. Allingham. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

The accompanying article discusses the abolitionist raid led by John Brown on the federal arsenal at the junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers that failed to produce the intended slave revolt but contributed to the coming of the American War between the States. The plate depicts the "bridge over the Potomac, where the train was stopped by the rioters . . . ; it is curved, and nine hundred feet long."

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