John Brown of Osawatomie
Here Lies Buried
Born at Torrington, Connecticut
May 9th, 1800
He emigrated to Kansas in 1855 where he took an active part in the contest against the pro-slavery party. He gained in August 1856 a victory at Osawatomie over a superior number of Missourians who had invaded Kansas (whence his surname "Osawatomie")
He conceived the idea of becoming a liberator of the negro slaves in the south and on the night of October 16, 1859 at the head of a devoted band of 22 followers he seized the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia with the view of arming the negroes who might come to his fortified camp. In the fight with United States troops and civilians which followed he was overpowered and taken prisoner October 18, 1859, was tried by the commonwealth of Virginia at Charlestown, Virginia and executed December 2, 1859.
Here Lie Buried with Him
Twelve of His Followers
Watson Brown (Son of John Brown) of North Elba, N.Y.
Oliver Brown (Son of John Brown) of North Elba, N.Y.
William Thompson, of North Elba, N.Y.
Dauphin Adolphus Thompson, of North Elba, N.Y.
John Henri Kagi, Adjutant
William H. Leeman, Lieutenant
Jeremiah G. Anderson, Lieutenant
Dangerfield Newby, Negro
Lewis S. Leary, Negro
The above ten were killed at the Harper's Ferry Fight
Aaron D. Stevens, Captain
Albert Hazlett, Lieutenant
The above two were taken prisoners and hanged March 16, 1860
The following men of John Brown's band escaped, but were captured and hanged December 16, 1859,
John E. Cook, Captain
Edwin Coppoc, Lieutenant
Shields Green, Negro
John A. Copeland, Negro
The following men of John Brown's band escaped.
Owen Brown, Captain (Son of John Brown)
Francis Jackson Merriam
Charles Plummer Tidd, Captain
Osborne P. Anderson, Negro
John Anderson, Negro