History Detectives

The Spear That Stoked the Civil War

Clip: Season 9 Episode 3 | 18m 44s

Wes Cowan looks into whether this antique spear weapon was part of abolitionist John Brown's notorious Harpers Ferry raid. Our contributor bought the spear, or pike, from an antique shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where John Brown is known to have lived. Follow Wes on the trail to the blacksmith who forged the weapon over 150 years ago and the ground at Harpers Ferry where the battle took place.

Aired: 07/04/11

Rating: NR

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