JOHN,
Yes, That John Brown

Strange are the ironies of fate that be

John Brown was raiding the South on a mission to rescue a few slaves and set them free.  His plans went awry and soon he was forted up in an old building with hostages he didn't want at Harper's Ferry.  Strange are the ironies of fate that be --  Robert E. Lee (the Southerner trying to find good homes for his slaves) commanded the forces that captured John Brown alive and delivered him up for trial.

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From his own lips splattered he, 16 words of blasphemy.

The truth? we know the truth, and the truth is here, we see: 

In John Brown's last testimony.

 

I have, may it please the Court, a few words to say.

In the first place, 1 deny everything but what I have all along admitted the design on my part to free the slaves. I intended certainly to have made a clean thing of that matter, as I did last winter (1858), when I went into Missouri and there took slaves without the snapping of a gun on either side, moved them through the country, and finally left them in Canada. I designed to have done the same thing again, on a larger scale.

That was all I intended. I never did intend murder,

or treason,

or the destruction of property,

or to excite

or incite slaves to rebellion,

or to make insurrection.

I have another objection; and that is, it is unjust that I should suffer such a penalty. Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved ... had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right; and every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.

This court acknowledges, as I suppose, the validity of the law of God.

I see a book kissed here which I suppose to be the Bible, or at least it is the New Testament. That teaches me that all things whatsoever I would that men should do to me, I should do even so to them.

It teaches me, further, to "remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them."

I endeavored to act up to that instruction. I say, I am yet too young to understand that God is any respecter of persons.

 I believe that to have interfered as I have done as I have always freely admitted I have done in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong --

but right.

Now it it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments I submit to this sentence; so let it be donel

Let me say one word further.

I feel entirely satisfied with the treatment I have received on my trial. Considering all the circumstances, it has been more generous than I expected.

But let me add that I feel no consciousness of guilt. I have stated from the first what was my intention and what was not. I never had any design against the life of any person, nor any disposition to commit treason, or incite slaves to rebel, or make any general insurrection. I never encouraged any man to do so, but always discouraged any idea of that kind.

Let me also say a word in regard to the statements made by some of those supposedly connected with me.

I hear it has been stated by some of them that I have induced them to join me. But the contrary is true. I do not say this to injure them, but I speak as regretting their weakness.

There is not one of them but joined me of his own accord, and the greater part of them at their own expense. A number of them I never saw and never had a word of conversation with them till the day they came to me, and that was entirely for the purpose I have stated here.

Now I have done.

The end of the Testimony of John Brown and the beginning march into history..

John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave; (3X)
His soul's marching on!
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah! his soul's marching on!
He's gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord! (3X)
His soul's marching on!
(Chorus)
John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back! (3X)
His soul's marching on!
(Chorus)
His pet lambs will meet him on the way; (3X)
They go marching on!
(Chorus)
They will hang Jeff Davis to a sour apple tree! (3X)
As they march along!
(Chorus)
Now, three rousing cheers for the Union; (3X)
As we are marching on!

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