Beckham (Fontaine) Papers, 1847-1860, 12 Items

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Cite As:Beckham (Fontaine) Papers, 1847-1860, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E19-a

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Accession Number: 2006.018

Processed by: Mary Hayes, March 2006

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Abstract: In 1859, John Brown led a party of 21 men in an attack on the federal installation at Harper's Ferry in an attempt to rally slave participation in the cause of abolition. Fontaine Beckham was killed during the seige and Israel Russell was taken hostage. Two days later, Robert E. Lee, with a company of marines, stormed the armory. Brown and his men barricaded themselves inside and fought until Brown was seriously injured and two of his sons were dead. John Brown was tried, convicted and hung on December 2, 1849 for his crimes. These court and legal documents concern various debt collection actions and were signed by Fontaine Beckham, the mayor and County Magistrate of Jefferson County, or Israel Russell in his capacity as Justice of the Peace of Jefferson County, Virginia.

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