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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Great Read! What your history books left out about Harper's Ferry

For someone who has grown up in Pennsylvania, close to Gettysburg, and has visited numerous Civil War battlefields, a visit to Harper's Ferry seemed like a waste of time. Wow was I wrong. After having visited the small yet historically important town a number of times, ...
For someone who has grown up in Pennsylvania, close to Gettysburg, and has visited numerous Civil War battlefields, a visit to Harper's Ferry seemed like a waste of time. Wow was I wrong. After having visited the small yet historically important town a number of times, I was drawn toward this book as soon as it was released. How did the stars align for this one man with some family and friends to take over the U.S. Armory and thus stoke the fire that would shortly thereafter lead to the Civil War? John Brown does not get much attention in the history books and when he does, he is portrayed as an eccentric and lunatic. Yet what is rarely spoken of is that in the end of the day, he realized what America would come to realize. There would be no bloodless cease to slavery like in Britain, only a great struggle amongst brothers could ultimately destroy this wicked institution. No one really took the time to dig deep into his life and plot the points that led to his ultimate demise in 1859...until now. Mr. Horwitz does a phenomenal job of painting the picture of this deeply spiritual (Puritan and Calvinist leaning) man who ultimately become possessed by a mission, a mission to bring about the end of the great evil of American slavery. While misguided in implementation, his anger and cause were just. Having read this book, you will gain a new appreciation for what happened that fateful night in 1859 and how it was the impetus for southern succession and the Civil War which followed in 1861. Thank you Mr. Horwitz for reclaiming an oft forgotten, under-appreciated and misunderstand piece of American history. With it, we can now better understand this vitally significant time period in our nation's history.

posted by 8644655 on November 1, 2011

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1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

interesting but misleading

Recommend for serious civil war buffs only. skillfully recounts the events but unfortunately, casts John Brown in a heroic manner. It is especially upsetting when he compares Brown's violent treason with the peaceful succession of southern states. Perhaps, the author...
Recommend for serious civil war buffs only. skillfully recounts the events but unfortunately, casts John Brown in a heroic manner. It is especially upsetting when he compares Brown's violent treason with the peaceful succession of southern states. Perhaps, the author is now writing a book extolling the noble heroism of Osama Bin Laden.

posted by 18092843 on October 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    interesting but misleading

    Recommend for serious civil war buffs only. skillfully recounts the events but unfortunately, casts John Brown in a heroic manner. It is especially upsetting when he compares Brown's violent treason with the peaceful succession of southern states. Perhaps, the author is now writing a book extolling the noble heroism of Osama Bin Laden.

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