Midnight Rising: A new book by Tony Horwitz
Today I was shopping on Amazon and in my recommended items section was Tony Horwitz’s new book, Midnight Rising, releasing October 25, 2011. He is revisiting the Civil War era with his sixth book. I understand that there are mixed feelings for him in the reeanacting/living historian community due to his book, Confederates in the Attic. When we began researching for “The Reeanctors” this was one book we read. I even stated in my blog post concerning why I wanted to do this film that this book was a jumping off point for me in this documentary. (Many people took this the wrong way) I am not saying I agree with how he portrayed people or that I love the book. I am not trying to make his book come to life through this film. But I do enjoy his apporach. It sparked my interest in who the people are that reenact and how much character/passion they have. Below you will find the book description from his website.
“Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. Now, Midnight Rising paints Brown’s uprising in vivid color, capturing a nation on the brink of explosive conflict.
Unlike most abolitionists, Brown was prepared to shed blood in the cause of freedom. After fighting against slavery in Bleeding Kansas, he secured money and guns from clandestine backers called the Secret Six, and convened a guerilla band that included three of his sons, his teenaged daughter, a former slave desperate to free his wife from bondage, and a dashing poet who acted as a spy inside Virginia. Then, late one autumn night in 1859, Brown marched from his mountain hideout into Harpers Ferry, seizing the town’s federal armory and vowing to liberate every slave in the South.
The bloody fight at Harpers Ferry prompted a counterattack by U.S. Marines under Robert E. Lee and shocked an already divided nation. While Southerners branded the raid an act of treason and terror, Brown’s bravery and eloquence made him a hero to many Northerners. The crisis also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure the president once labeled “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”
In this riveting book, Tony Horwitz probes the troubled soul of Brown, the desperate passion of his followers, and the spirit of a sundered nation. The result is both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a fiery time that still resonates in our own.
So, Do you think you’ll be reading his latest work?