“The officer who supervised the capture of [John] Brown was Robert E. Lee…Lee’s retreat from the decisive battle of Gettysburg would pass over the same road that Brown took to Harpers Ferry on the night of his attack. The lieutenant who demanded Brown’s surrender was J.E.B. Stuart, later Lee’s celebrated cavalry officer. Among the officers who supervised at Brown’s hanging was Thomas Jackson, soon to become the renowned ‘Stonewall.’ Among the soldiers at Brown’s execution was a dashing Southern actor, John Wilkes Booth.”

David S. Reynolds, as quoted by Christopher Hitchens in “John Brown: The Man Who Ended Slavery”