By Direction of John A. Rawlins Post 43, G.A.R. Story of the John Brown Bell. Marlborough, MA: Rawlins Building Association, 1910.
6 x 8 in. 19 pp., illustrated with photographs. Printed paper wraps, gilt front and rear. (generally good overall condition).
In the preface, W. Springer, Post Commander, notes that they get frequent questions about the bell suspended in front of the Grand Army building in Marlborough. Since very little information is available, much of what was written about it was incorrect. So the Post decided to publish what it knew about the bell for the most accurate information available.
After organizing and being mustered into Federal Service in the summer of 1861, Company I, 13th Mass. Vol. Militia was sent to Harpers Ferry and take everything of value to the government. Being on historic ground, they wanted a souvenir from John Brown's last stand, but most items had already been removed by other units. The bell that Brown intended to use to signal enslaved people to band together in the Virginia hills to begin the fight for their freedom remained, however. And since their fire department did not have a bell, they decided to take that and send it to Marlborough, with the permission of the War Department.
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