Edge Hill Cemetery

Edge Hill Cemetery (HMRXH)

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

N 39° 17.386', W 77° 51.252'

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John Brown Raid Victims

Edge 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.

John Avis, John Brown's jailor, is also buried here. Avis was kind to Brown while he was incarcerated for a month between his trial and execution and befriended him. As Brown left the jail to be hanged, he kissed Avis's son. The jailor served as a captain in an antebellum militia company, the Continental Morgan Guards. When the Civil War began in 1861, the company, which wore Revolutionary War-style uniform, was mustered into Confederate service as Co. K, 5th Virginia Infantry.

About seventy graves in the front section of Edge Hill Cemetery contain the remains of Confederate soldiers. They died in local hospitals from wounds suffered at nearby Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, in the Battle of Antietam. Most of the soldiers were from North Carolina and South Carolina.
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HM NumberHMRXH
Series This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByWest Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:08am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 253840 N 4352817
Decimal Degrees39.28976667, -77.85420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.386', W 77° 51.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 23.16" N, 77° 51' 15.12" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-239 S Seminary St, Charles Town WV 25414, US
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