John Brown Raid VictimsEdge Hill Cemetery contains the graves of Fontaine Beckham and John Avis, two participants in the saga of John Brown's Raid in October 1859. Beckham was the mayor of Harpers Ferry then and one of four civilian casualties. Ironically, though John Brown freed no slaves by capturing the United States Arsenal there, as he intended, the slaves that Beckham owned were feed at his death in accordance with his will. The first civilian that Brown's men shot and killed was a free black man named Hayward Shepherd, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employee.
|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 253840 N 4352817|
|Decimal Degrees||39.28976667, -77.85420000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 17.386', W 77° 51.252'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 17' 23.16" N, 77° 51' 15.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 201-239 S Seminary St, Charles Town WV 25414, US|
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