Still shocking to read: "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War" by Tony Horwitz.

Jul 04, 12:27 AM

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Still shocking to read: "Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War" by Tony Horwitz.

Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a biracial band of militant idealists, he seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America. Brown's daring strike sparked a savage street fight and a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee. The bloodshed and court drama that followed also shocked a divided nation and propelled it toward civil war. Tony Horwitz's Midnight Rising brings Brown and his uprising vividly to life and charts America's descent into explosive conflict. The result is a taut and indispensable history of a man and a time that still resonate in our own.

https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Rising-Brown-Sparked-Civil/dp/0312429266/ref=laB000APAGJA1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498964494&sr=1-4