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Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander) (1806-1876) to James Buchanan re: conspiracy to free John Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07897 Author/Creator: Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander) (1806-1876) Place Written: Richmond Va. Type: Letter Date: 1859/11/25 Pagination: 2 pages + docket. 25.5x19.5 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07897 Author/Creator: Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander) (1806-1876) Place Written: Richmond Va. Type: Letter Date: 1859/11/25 Pagination: 2 pages + docket. 25.5x19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Copy of letter sent and signed by Henry A. Wise to President Buchannan regarding the plot to free John Brown from his cell in Charlestown, Virginia. Wise explicitly states that he has amassed over one thousand men at arms (militia) and is prepared to call upon Virginia's entire reserve should the conspirators make any attempts at releasing Brown.

Background Information:

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Wise, Henry Alexander, 1806-1876
Brown, John, 1800-1859

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: John BrownMilitiaAbolitionSlaveryPrisonerAfrican American HistoryGuerrilla WarfareSlave RebellionPresidentGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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