1851 · [Jefferson County, Virginia
Benjamin Hobbs, a resident of Harper's Ferry, worked as an armorer. He was among the first to warn that John Brown had captured the Harper's Ferry Armory. At Brown's trial, Armstead Ball testified that Hobbs aroused him early in the morning to announce the takeover, and that persons were carrying off government property.
This summons is signed by Fontaine Beckham, Mayor of Harper's Ferry and agent of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at the time of the insurrection. He was shot through the chest during the siege and died almost instantly. (Inventory #: 24008)