Monday, October 16, 2006

Harpers Ferry

John Brown, abolitionist and Connecticut native commenced his infamous raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry Virginia this day October 16,1859. I have always thought of Brown as a man who did all the wrong things for all the right reasons. His plan to attack the arsenal was' in effect, an attack on the federal government and therefore doomed to fail from the beginning or maybe that was his plan, to have an audacious and noble failure as a galvanizing example to the nation. One thing you can't question about Brown is his commitment, he gave his life and the lives of his two sons to the abolitionist cause.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks good novel about Brown family as told from point of view of a surviving son living out his days as a recluse in california