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John Brown Hanged

By December 2, 2003

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December 2, 1859, the radical abolitionist John Brown was hung in Charlestown, Virginia for the crime of treason. Brown was accused of murdering five pro-slavery settlers in Kansas. Later Brown led a force in attack on Harper's Ferry in West Virginia, but was later defeated by Federal troops under Robert E. Lee.

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August 21, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(1) Joni Pontius says:

Actually, John Brown was hanged, not hung. The picture was hung, the man was hanged. A strange verb, it has two past tenses, depending on the action. Also, I know the great-great grandson of the sheriff who spent the night before the hanging of John Brown with him in his cell, praying together and talking emancipation.

February 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(2) Collin says:

If you think about it he was hung from a rope, I agree what your saying but its just a flaw I saw and just wanted to point it out

November 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(3) alexis says:

does it matter if he was hung or hanged? He probably wasnt thinking if he was being hung or hanged when he died. not to affend anyone i was just saying you should read it and respect it not try to correct what was writen

February 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm
(4) girl says:

Yeah what Alexis said!!! you go girl:):)

June 27, 2012 at 11:41 am
(5) Chasbo says:

He was hung / hanged in Charles Town, West Virginia, not Charlestown, Virginia.

January 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(6) Chris says:

My great aunt had the hanging scaffold railing on the stairs to her cellar in Charlestown he was hanged in her back yard according to my great uncle

February 21, 2013 at 12:32 am
(7) Randall says:

At the time of Brown’s hanging Charles Town was part of Virginia. It was also commonly written as Charlestown and later formally changed to Charles Town. Today of course Charles Town is the county seat of Jefferson County West Virginia. The site of the hanging is at 515 S. Samuel Street and is well marked by a plaque on the street. The land where the scaffold once stood adjoins land where a grand mansion was built in 1891. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.

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