- Nov 29, 2017
- By Stephen
The Harper’s Ferry raid of 1859 in effect kicked off the American Civil War (1861–65). The raid on the US arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, was masterminded and led by John Brown. He aimed to capture a weapons supply to distribute among southern slaves to start an uprising.
Brown’s band numbered twenty-two men, half of which were freed slaves. They found themselves holed up with some hostages in an engine house, held at bay by local militia.
Eighty-six marines were sent under the command of Robert E. Lee to storm the building. A door was smashed down and in rushed the marines, Lieutenant Israel Greene at their head. A battle ensued in which Greene wounded Brown with his sword and most of Brown’s men were either captured or killed. Replicants has been unable to find any portraits of Lieutenant Greene, so we have placed our faith in guesswork for the figure which represents him in this set. So if any collectors know what Greene actually looked like we would be grateful if they would keep it to themselves.