Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army

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Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army Hardcover – June 1, 2018

by Eugene L. Meyer (Author)


"On October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of eighteen raiders descended on Harpers Ferry. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages, and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18.
The raiders were routed, and several were captured. Soon after, they were tried, convicted, and hanged. Among Brown’s fighters were five African American men—John Copeland, Shields Green, Dangerfield Newby, Lewis Leary, and Osborne Perry Anderson—whose lives and deaths have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader and who, even today, are little remembered. Only Anderson survived, later publishing the lone insider account of the event that, most historians agree, was a catalyst to the catastrophic American Civil War that followed.
Five for Freedom is the story of these five brave men, the circumstances in which they were born and raised, how they came together at this fateful time and place, and the legacies they left behind. It is an American story that continues to resonate."
 
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Osborne Perry Anderson, a mulatto who was born free in Pennsylvania, had fled to Chatham, Canada as a result of the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act fearing that even free Blacks would be kidnapped by the runaway slave hunters. By all accounts Anderson was an educated man and up to his death in 1872, denied that he and other Blacks had been coerced into participating in Brown's raid but instead, spent the remainder of his life praising "Captain" Brown.
 
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