A Tragic Journey to Harpers FerryDangerfield Newby (ca. 1820-1859), a free mulatto for whose family this crossroads is named, was the first of John Brown's raiders killed during the attack on Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859. He was the eldest child of Henry Newby and a slave, Elsey. Edward Newby, Henry's father, built the house across the road in the 1770s. Henry Newby lived there until 1830, then sold it and moved to a nearby farm on Gourdvine Run (Thornton River). Dangerfield likely spent part of his youth near here and may have worked as a blacksmith and a deckhand on canal boats on the Rappahannock River.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 11:15am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 754576 N 4281924|
|Decimal Degrees||38.64933333, -78.07470000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 38.96', W 78° 4.482'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 38' 57.60" N, 78° 4' 28.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6304 Co Rd 618, Castleton VA 22716, US|
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