John Brown - Farm & Gravesite

Not a general, not a soldier at all and not a politician either, but John Brown was a figure instrumental in bringing on The Civil War. In the years leading up to The War he was instrumental in fomenting fearful violence between abolitionist and slavery factions in "Bleeding Kansas." Directly responsible for the massacre of pro salvery settlers at Pottawatamie Creek in Kansas, he also captured the federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry,VA in the hopes of inciting a slave insurrection. After being captured by federal troops, he was hanged in 1859, but not before leaving an inutterably chilling prophecy for a nation on the brink of war with itself:
"I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood!"

The Brown farm is located in New York state immediately adjacent to the ski jump facilities built for the 1980 winter Oympics in Lake Placid. Operated as a State Historic Site, it is peaceful and little visited.

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