Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army
Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army4,5 2 5 Höfundur: Eugene L. Meyer Lesari: David Colacci
The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted and hanged. Among Brown's raiders were five African Americans whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and, even today, are little remembered. Two-John Copeland and Shields Green-were executed. Two others-Dangerfield Newby and Lewis Leary-died at the scene. Newby, the first to go, was shot in the neck, then dismembered by townspeople and left for the hogs. He was trying to liberate his enslaved wife and children.
Of the five, only Osborne Perry Anderson escaped and lived to publish the lone insider account of the event that, most historians agree, was a catalyst to the catastrophic Civil War that followed over the country's original sin of slavery.
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