Wednesday, October 16 2019

1859 John Brown's revolt

Abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 other men, five black and sixteen white, in a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

They had hoped to set off a slave revolt — throughout the south — with the weapons they had planned to seize. Virtually all his compatriots were killed or captured by Gen. Robert E. Lee’s troops; Brown was wounded and arrested, and hanged for treason within two months.

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