The Forgotten Marines: The Capture of John Brown Dale Lee Sumner

ISBN: 9781461144861

Published: June 1st 2011

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348 pages


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The Forgotten Marines: The Capture of John Brown  by  Dale Lee Sumner

The Forgotten Marines: The Capture of John Brown by Dale Lee Sumner
June 1st 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 348 pages | ISBN: 9781461144861 | 9.63 Mb

3rd Edition -- Oddly enough, the role of the United States Marines during the capture of John Brown at Harpers Ferry (October 1859) has been completely overlooked and essentially forgotten - even by the Marines themselves. Most modern history books,More3rd Edition -- Oddly enough, the role of the United States Marines during the capture of John Brown at Harpers Ferry (October 1859) has been completely overlooked and essentially forgotten - even by the Marines themselves. Most modern history books, within a quick line or two, exultantly refer only to Colonel Robert E.

Lee, commanding Marines, and assisted by First Lieutenant J.E.B. Stuart, as capturing John Brown. Is this an accurate depiction of the bona fide story? Not quite! Colonel Lee did not directly command the Marines as implied. The inter-service rivalry of the day, as well as the Act of 1834, Section 2, would not have allowed an Army officer to command any personnel from the Marine branch of service, except at the specific direction of the President. Lee was sent as the overall commander of Army forces, comprised of Militia units from Virginia and Maryland.

The Marines sent to Harpers Ferry were Regulars and commanded by their own Officer-in-Charge, First Lieutenant Israel Greene, USM. (His last name is often found in most historical writings without the final e.) Why were the Marines sent? Who were they?

How were they organized? How did they prepare for the journey to Harpers Ferry? (Harpers Ferry is our modern spelling of the towns name. No one seems to know what happened to the apostrophe in Harpers after the Civil War) What actually took place after they arrived there? What kind of a wooden ladder could do what three heavy sledgehammers could not? How and why did the sword that struck down John Brown bend? As one attempts to look into the Marines involvement in this bygone confrontation, more and more questions present themselves and demand explanation.

Now, one hundred and fifty years after the event, this novel offers an in-depth look at the actions of those heroic, but forgotten Marines.



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