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John Brown and Harpers Ferry

When Brown refused to unconditionally accept the terms of this note, Lee gave the order to storm the building.

Robert E. Lee's demand for the surrender of John Brown and his party, October 18, 1859


Robert E. Lee's demand for the surrender of John Brown and his party, October 18, 1859


National Archives, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917

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