Five for Freedom by Eugene L. Meyer

Five for Freedom

Late on the evening of October 16, 1859, John Brown and his band of 18 raiders descended on Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. In an ill-fated attempt to incite a slave insurrection, they seized the federal arsenal, took hostages and retreated to a fire engine house where they barricaded themselves until a contingent of US Marines battered their way in on October 18. The raiders were routed, and several were cap...

Details Five for Freedom

TitleFive for Freedom
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherChicago Review Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Military History, Civil War

Reviews Five for Freedom

  • Rick Hollis
    I lived near Harper's Ferry for a good part of my life. I can see the shape of the mountains where the Potomac and the Shenandoah cut through, when I close my eyes. I have even read good bit about the Civil War and the events leading up to.The fact that there were 5 free African American men who accompanied Brown on his raid.It will not give anything away to mention that 2 died during the raid, 2 were hung, and one escaped.The second half of this...
  • Erica Brody
    Compelling account of five men who deserve to be remembered in the fight for civil rights.