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Editor says, what if John Brown had tried something rather different? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the President Perry thread.
In 1859,on this day a group of raiders led by the Northern abolitionist John Brown seized the coastal fortification located in Charleston Harbor sending the Federal soldiers away in small boats.
Siege of Fort SumterWith merchant shipping diverting to safer ports, the immediate lost of commerce forced the South Carolina Militia to launch a strike on Federal Property that would be viewed as an Act of War by US President Matthew C. Perry.
In fact the complete surprise achieved by the raiders was due to Allan Pinkerton's tight control of operational security. Brought into Brown's confidence as security enforcer, he had soon discovered that the original plan to seize the arsenal at Harper's Ferry had been compromised such that it was unlikely they would achieve their goal of arming freemen and slaves to create a general servile insurrection.
Editor says, many thanks to Allen W. Donnell, Eric Oppen, Jeff Provine and Scott Palter for their contributions to the development of this story Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.