John Brown's last Iowa Trip 1859. On February 16, 1859 John Brown, with 12 men, women and children escaping slavery from Missouri, plus his own men stopped near here at the farm of Jonathan M. Murray. Brown the forty-five year old farmer, who had originally come from strongly antislavery Ashtabula County, in northeastern Ohio.
From here they continued to Iowa City and beyond on their three month trek toward Detroit at which the group crossed by ferry to freedom in Windsor, Canada. Ten months later Brown was dead, having been captured and hung after the former Kansas fighter and his band (including four Iowans) on October 16, 1859 carried out a failed attack at the Federal Arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. The brash action ignited great controversy and became a catalyst leading to CIVIL WAR.
This wherigo you will learn some about John Brown and his efforts to fight slavery along with the GAR house located in Redfield
Download the cartridge Fighting Slavery and play it on a Wherigo-enabled device, be it a Garmin Colorado, NUVI or Oregon, Java-enabled phone (using OpenWig), or an Android phone (using WhereYouGo)
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