John Brown's Hostages
—Prelude to War —The Allstadt House and Ordinary was the home of John H. Allstadt. On the evening of October 16, 1859, John Brown and his "army" of would-be slave liberators launched their attack on Harpers Ferry from Kennedy Farm just across the Potomac River in Maryland. Brown detached a party under John Cook to seize hostages. At about 1:30 A.M. on October 17, Cook captured Col. Lewis W. Washington and three Slaves at nearby Beallair. He then led his party here on the way to Harpers Ferry, knocked down the door with a fence rail at about 3 A.M., and took as prisoners Allstadt, his son John Thomas Allstadt (then eighteen years old), and seven slaves. The hostages rode in Washington's wagon to Harpers Ferry, where they were placed under guard by the raiders in the fire-engine house.
|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 260995 N 4355489|
|Decimal Degrees||39.31581667, -77.77228333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 18.949', W 77° 46.337'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 18' 56.94" N, 77° 46' 20.22" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 229 Alstadts Hill Rd, Harpers Ferry WV 25425, US|
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