On October 16, 1859, John Brown lead a small group of people on a raid on an armory in the South in hopes to give rise to support for the North. He successfully captured the outpost and gained hostages quickly.
After hearing news of this attack, General Lee is sent to deal with the issue and begins a siege on the armory. John Brown and his men are forced to take cover, but are quickly overwhelmed and outnumbered. They are soon captured and taken away.
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After the event, John Brown was sentenced to death and was supposed to be hung. This attack had widespread effects across the nation as the South was shook and the North was decidedly in support of John Brown's actions. This caused mass rifts between the two sides
When the country was still divided between free states and slave states, balance was vital for the two sides. When the new states were announced to be added with the ability to vote whether they were to be free or not, thousands rushed in to sway the vote and get it to swing one way or another.
This sudden rush of opposing sides caused much fighting during this time and resulted in the death of over 200 people in 3 months. The fighting continued for quite some time and many more would keep coming and dying.
The fighting ultimately led to the emergence of Kansas as a free state, and at the same time further sparked tensions across the country between the two opposing sides. The violence was so intense that it bred other violence elsewhere and fueled the hatred between the two groups.