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 Fontaine Beckham

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Fontaine Beckham

  • Birth 1788 Orange County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 17 Oct 1859 Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 16173839

American Historical Figure. It was during his tenure as Mayor of Harpers Ferry (West) Virginia that John Brown and his faction raided his town in October 1859 with intentions to free, then arm the region's slaves. These insurgents commandeered the United States Arsenal located in Harpers Ferry; however, they cordoned themselves within the confines of this government building when their intentions became known to the townspeople. At some point during the siege that followed, the unarmed Beckham was fatally shot by one of the terrorist. The insurgency was ultimately squelched, and after a trial, John Brown was found guilty of treason in conjunction with the murder of the Mayor Beckham.


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  • Created by: Stonewall
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16173839
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fontaine Beckham (1788–17 Oct 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16173839, citing Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Stonewall (contributor 46536634) .