"How We Hung John Brown" - Henry S. Olcott - in "Lotos Leaves"

"How We Hung John Brown" - Henry S. Olcott - in "Lotos Leaves"

by: Henry S. Olcott | publication date: January 1, 1875 | Publication: Lotos Leaves | pages: 233-249

It will be conceded that the first act in the bloody drama of the American Conflict had its climax on the 2nd of December, 1859, when John Brown of Ossawatomie was hung at Charlestown, Virginia.

A retrospective look at the hanging of John Brown by the Northern reporter who covered it, Henry S. Olcott. In this essay, he discusses the role of the hanging as a catalyst for the Civil War that ensued just two years later.