1. On the morning of October 18, Col. Lee sent Lt. J.E.B. Stuart, serving as
a volunteer aide-de-camp, under a flag of truce to negotiate a surrender of John
Brown and his followers.
2. If Brown refused, the Lee instructed Lt. Israel Greene he was to lead the
marines in storming the engine house. Stuart told Brown that his men would be
spared if they surrendered.
3. Brown refused and Stuart signaled to Lt. Greene and his men.
4. Two marines armed with sledge hammers tried in vain to break through the
door. Greene found a wooden ladder and 10 marines used it as a battering ram to
knock the front doors in.
5. Greene was the first through the door and with the assistance of Lewis
Washington identified and singled out John Brown.
6. Greene cornered Brown and severely wounded him with his saber, not
mortally due in part to his use of a dress sword rather than a combat saber. The
action inside the engine house happened very quickly.
7. In three minutes all of the raiders were taken prisoner and the action was
8. Colonel Lee and Lt. Greene searched the surrounding country for fugitives
who had participated in the attack. John Brown was taken to the court house in
nearby Charles Town for trial.
9. He was found guilty of treason against the commonwealth of Virginia and
was hanged on December 2. Four other raiders were executed on December 15 and
two more on March 16, 1860.
10. Colonel Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart and Israel Greene all became
officers in the Confederate military during the following Civil War.
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