Staging and Planning John Brown's Harpers Ferry RaidThis is the Kennedy farmhouse, which abolitionist John Brown (using the pseudonym Isaac Smith) leased in July 1859 from Dr. Robert Kennedy's heirs, ostensibly to do some prospecting. Brown's fifteen-year-old daughter, Annie Brown, identified the Kennedy Farm as "Headquarters: War Department." It served as a barracks, arsenal, supply depot, mess hall, debate club, and home to Brown and his fellow conspirators to plan their attack on the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, five miles away. Brown's daughter-in-law Martha Brown, sons Owen, Watson, and Oliver Brown, and eighteen other men, five of whom were African American, jammed the house and nearby cabin. Crates marked "mining tools" actually held about 400 rifles and pistols, ammunition, black powder, 1,000 pikes, tools, tents, clothing, and other items a small army needed.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 266283 N 4362559|
|Decimal Degrees||39.38090000, -77.71346667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 22.854', W 77° 42.808'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 22' 51.24" N, 77° 42' 48.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2435-2447 Chestnut Grove Rd, Sharpsburg MD 21782, US|
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