John Brown gained attention during the Bleeding Kansas crisis when he led a group of abolitionists to Kansas and killed five pro-slavery Southerners. This was in retaliation for the raid on the “free soil” city of Lawrence, Kansas. By 1859 Brown believed an armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery. His unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, to gather arms and inspire a uprising of black slaves, ended in a bloody shoot-out that killed ten people and injured ten more. This incident was known as the Pottawatomie Massacre. He was tried and hanged for his role in the raid. Historians credit him with solidifying the differences between the North and the South, which led to secession and the Civil War. The song John Brown’s Body was a popular Union Army marching song.
This John Brown mug is part of our US Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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