John Brown was a stark abolitionist, he had convinced himself to be a prophet sent by God sent to punish those who supported the institution of slavery. Already guilty of murder, on October 16th of 1859, he prepared a violent retaliation to the southern people.
Do You Want your Freedom, Respect!
He seduced several slaves, he planned to raid a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, VA. Yet, many of his loyal patron's were absent in his attack. Nevertheless he gathered to strike.
Where are your friends?
His band attacked the arsenal, they seized weapons and several nearby hostages, including the grand nephew of George Washington.
On the Ground Now! Hands up! Let's GO! Shut it kid whose gonna save you!
However, his siege was short lived. A Federal strike team led by Robert Lee a hero of the Mexican-American War would end the attack. John Brown himself would be captured.
Ahhhhhhh! No Boby Lee
Brown remained stoic and silent throughout the macabre atmosphere of his own trial, many saw this proof of Brown's sanity. Violence and radicalism became acceptable as a result, an environment perfect for civil war.
Brown was charged with murder and treason, the most heinous of crimes. As his neck buckled wrapped in a noose, people who despised him cheered, those who revered him griefed, the nation was becoming polarized. Civil war seemed inevitable.