May 22, 2011

May 22nd: Brooks Beats Sumner -- With His Cane, 1856

Congressman Preston Brooks took exception to a speech that Senator Charles Sumner made in the Senate. So he beat him with his cane.

Read why and what happened next here.

Pictured: 1856 lithograph by John L. Magee depicting the event. "Southern Chivalry -- Argument versus Club."

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