16. October 2059 - 20:00

John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, Virginia, Thursday, 16. October 2059

On October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown and several followers seized the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The actions of Brown's men brought national attention to the emotional divisions concerning slavery.

Born in Connecticut in 1800 and raised in Ohio, Brown came from a staunchly antislavery family. In 1837, his life changed irrevocably when he attended an abolition meeting in Cleveland, during which he was so moved that he publicly announced his dedication to destroying the institution of slavery. As early as 1848 he was formulating a plan to incite an insurrection.
By 1857, Brown began raising money to carry out his vision of a mass uprising of slaves. He secured the backing of six prominent abolitionists, known as the "Secret Six," and assembled an invasion force. His "army" grew to include 22 men, including five black men and three of Brown's sons. The group rented a Maryland farm near Harpers Ferry and prepared for the assault.

Thursday, 16. October 2059, Harpers Ferry, Virginia, John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

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