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Accession number 36711
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Virginia. Adjutant General. John Brown's Raid military order book, 1859-1860. Accession 36711. State government records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Acquired prior to 1905
Major General William Booth Taliaferro commanded the 4th Division Virginia Militia stationed in Charlestown, Virginia, after John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry.
The Military Order Book contains general orders issued by Major General William Booth Taliaferro and his subordinates following John Brown's Raid between November 23, 1859 and January 19, 1860. The orders primarily consist of officer's assignments, troop movements, and discharges. Of particular note is General Order No. 25 which details the orders for the day of John Brown's execution.