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Lot 78: ISRAEL RUSSELL, Justice of the Peace at Harper's Ferry Captive Document Signed
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Harper's Ferry Document Signed by Captive Rescued by Robert E. Lee!
ISRAEL RUSSELL, Justice of the Peace, Harper's Ferry Captive of John Brown, Rescued by Robert E. Lee.
Official Partially-Printed Document, Signed Three Times by Israel Russell, Very Fine. Israel Russell was unfortunate enough to be in Harper's Ferry the night that John Brown and his Antislavery followers decided to capture the Harper's Ferry Federal Arsenal. Russell, being one of the town's leaders was captured by Brown and his private army and taken as a hostage. Russell survived his ordeal when rescued the following day by none other than Robert E. Lee and his troops to get the town back and free the hostages. Russell survived that ordeal but died soon after the Civil War. This official Harper's Ferry area Jefferson County Constable Document, 1 page, measuring about 7" x 3.75" being a large portion clipped off a legal contract document of Jefferson County dated July of 1857 with Three separate Signatures of Israel Russell,. Signed once on the front and again twice on the verso docket. Clipping is close in around the outer margins, some slight staining at bottom with bold brown docket on the blank reverse side. A rare John Brown and Robert E. Lee, Harpers Ferry raid related autograph!
Israel Russell was unfortunate enough to be in Harper's Ferry the night that John Brown decided to shake things up by taking over the Harper's Ferry gun works. Russell being one of the town's leaders was captured by Brown and his private army and taken as a hostage. Russell survived his ordeal and was rescued the following day when Robert E. Lee showed up with the marines to get the town back in order and free the hostages that were being held captive in the firehouse. Russell survived his ordeal but died soon after the war.