The Sumner-Brooks Incident
In May 1856 Senator Charles Sumner gave a two day speech on the infractions on Kansas, much of what he said was not true, his specific target was SC Sen. Andrew Butler. His intention was to dishonour those who supported the Kansas-Nebraska act.
Fit hits the shan!
Taking up for his uncle, Congressman Preston Brooks walks into the Senate chambers and begins to beat Sumner with his cane. Brooks beats him into an unconcious state, rendering him from his duties for more than three years.
How this event contributed to the start of the Civil War
In a sense, the awful spectacle in the chambers that day was only the beginning of the start of the war, the brutal beating is to be considered the first casualty of the war
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