He characterized Douglas to his face as a "noise-some, squat, and nameless animal. Bleeding profusely, Sumner was carried away. Moving quickly, Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner's head.
Surviving a House censure resolution, Brooks reed, was immediately reelected, and soon thereafter died at age On May 22,the "world's greatest deliberative body" became a combat zone. Shortly after the Senate had adjourned for the day, Brooks entered the old chamber, where he found Sumner busily attaching his postal frank to copies of his "Crime Against Kansas" speech.
Instead, he chose a light cane of the type used to discipline unruly dogs. Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.
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As Brooks struck again and again, Sumner rose and lurched blindly about the chamber, futilely attempting to protect himself. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate's entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate Chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness.
The nation, suffering from the breakdown of reasoned discourse that this event symbolized, tumbled onward toward the catastrophe of civil war. The Caning of Senator Charles Sumner. After a very long minute, it ended.
Brooks walked calmly out of the chamber ohik being detained by the stunned onlookers. Read the Report of the Select Committee appointed to investigate the assault.
If he had believed Sumner to be a gentleman, he might have challenged him to a duel. Mocking the South Carolina senator's stance as a man of chivalry, the Massachusetts senator charged him with taking "a mistress.
Sumner recovered slowly and returned to the Senate, where he remained for another 18 years.