Interesting post on Civil War Scholars [dot] com about all the suspicious fires that were reported in and around Harpers Ferry and Charlestown West Virginia after John Brown’s capture, trial and subsequent hanging.
The post is titled “A Dozen Set Fires a Sign of Slave Resistance?” and is a thought provoking read. Why were there so many fires in the area during the wet and cold winter months? Were slaves, escaped slaves, freedmen, and abolitionists the arsonists behind the fires? Were the fires arson at all, or just the result of accidents, lightning, and kicked over lanterns? Does make you wonder…….