John Brown's raid

John Brown's raid

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  • Planning the war 
  • First, we will take over federal weapon that are being stored at Harpers Ferry.  If I arm the slaves then they could fight back.
  • Brown's Small Force
  • The raid
  • Oh no, townspeople and militia are here! Where are the local slaves???
  • success
  • John Brown thought of a plan to end slavery in the South.  In 1859, Brown began planning his abolitionist revolution.  
  • Captured
  • No!
  • John Brown gathered a small force. It consisted of 16 white men, 3 free black men, 1 freed slave and 1 fugitive slave.
  • Hanging
  • The first part of the raid was successful.  Brown was local slaves to come help but they never did.  Browns men were surrounded by townspeople and militia. A few of his men were killed and they moved to John Brown's fort.
  • Outcome
  • Two days after the raid, Colonel Robert E Lee arrived with his marines.  He offered Brown the chance to surrender but Brown refused.  After he refused, they attacked.  Many of Brown's men died but brown was taken prisoner.  
  • Surrender!
  • John Brown and a few of his men were convicted of treason and they were hung on December 2 1859
  • Brown became a known abolitionist and his story became famous.  The Civil War would happen a year later.
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