The John Brown
Following the Pottawatomie Massacre John Brown fled Kansas and headed east.
Brown armed his band of 20 men not including 5 former slaves.
His plan was to seize the federal arsenal at
Harpers Ferry Virgina
He planned to give the arsenals weapons to nearby slaves in hopes of starting a slave revolt
He easily gained control of the arsenal
However no slaves came to aid the group
Days later federal troops under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee assaulted the arsenal.
Killed half of Brown’s men and captured the rest including Brown himself.
Brown was tried and convicted of murder, criminal conspiracy, and treason.
He was hanged along with 6 of his followers
Many people of the time questioned the sanity of Brown, while others felt he had acted justly,
and had died for a noble cause.