Brooks-Sumner Affair | Palmetto Heritage

In 1857 during the heated debate on Kansas in the Senate, Charles Sumner delivered a two-day speech entitled "The Crime Against Kansas," which contained an insulting denunciation of Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina. Two days later, Senator Butler's nephew, Representative Preston Brooks, avenged his uncle and the South by bludgeoning Sumner with a cane. Representative Edmunds, (D Va) cautions Preston Brooks to remain calm about the matter but Preston enters the Senate Chamber and attacks Sumner.