Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

On John Brown via @Shelby_Foote_Q

From Shelby Foote’s, The Civil War: A Narrative

[John Brown’s] army counted eighteen men, including five Negroes; “One man and God can overturn the universe,” he said…

Seated on his coffin while he rode in a wagon to the gallows, [John Brown] looked out at the hazy Blue Ridge Mountains…

This is a beautiful country,” he said. “I never had the pleasure of really seeing it before.”…

After the hanging the jailor unfolded a slip of paper John Brown had left behind, a prophesy: “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land; will never be purged away; but with blood.”…

John Brown’s soul went marching; a symbol of good or evil, depending on the viewer.


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