#OTD in 1859, John Brown was executed on charges of treason, murder, and insurrection for his role in the raid on Harpers Ferry less than two months prior. Brown was taken from the Jefferson County Jail and led to the execution site—now the lawn of the Gibson-Todd House in Charles Town. After the hanging, the wagon carried Brown’s body to the Winchester & Potomac Depot where it started its journey to North Elba, New York where Brown would be buried.
Artist sketch of John Brown seated on coffin proceeding to execution site on December 2, 1859. Original wood engraving by Arthur Berghaus created on December 17, 1859.