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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross
|Anne Brown Adams to Garibaldi Ross giving biographies of the men involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry and discussing her role at Kennedy Farm before the raid
|15 December 1887
|Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)
|Brief biographies of the men involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry, and discussion of her job keeping house for the men as they prepare. Writes to Alexander Ross' son, because "Your father has requested me to tell you the story of my life at, or recollections of, Kennedy Farm, during the Summer of 1859." Gives a physical description of the house, the finding of the house, her life during this time, and then biographies of the raiders who lived there. Presents "John Brown, not the one the world knew him, but my father, as I knew him." Claims "He told me of his plan to make a raid on Harper's Ferry the winter before he or any of our family went to Kansas." Thinks former slaves should see her father "as a Moses," and upset they do not. Notes that "Of all the little band gathered at Kennedy Farmhouse I am now the only one left." Author inferred from content.
|African American History John Brown Abolition Slavery Woman Author Women's History Home Furnishings Children and Family Religion Emancipation
|Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Ross, Garibaldi (fl. 1887) Brown, John (1800-1859) Brown, Oliver (1839-1859) Brown, Owen (1824-1889) Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)
|Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|Anne Brown Adams was the daughter of John Brown. Garibaldi Ross was the son of Alexander Ross, a famous Canadian naturalist, prominent abolitionist, strong supporter of John Brown, and friend of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945