Two Treason Trials

Two Treason Trials (HMEDG)

Location: Charles Town, WV 25414 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 17.362', W 77° 51.603'

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Jefferson County's Most Famous Trial
In the room immediately behind this wall, the abolitionist John Brown and five of his raiders were tried for treason against the state of Virginia, murder and inciting slaves to rebel. Brown had led 21 men to seize the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry on the night of October 16, 1859 to start an insurrection to topple slavery. Fifteen people died before the raiders were taken.

Treason Trials in Charles Town - Again
Sixty three years after John Brown's raid, labor leader Bill Blizzard and about 800 miners from the coalfields near the Kentucky border were brought to this historic courthouse for trial. The charges were treason against the state of West Virginia and murder. Violence between mine guards and miners in counties 250 miles away had boiled over into full-scale open warfare in the summer of 1921. Fifteen thousand miners armed themselves and marched toward Blair Mountain, going up against trenches and machine guns. At least two dozen men died before federal troops arrived and the fighting subsided.
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 10:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 253334 N 4352788
Decimal Degrees39.28936667, -77.86005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.362', W 77° 51.603'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 21.72" N, 77° 51' 36.18" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135-183 N George St, Charles Town WV 25414, US
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