After previously fighting for his freedom and winning, then being placed in slavery again a couple years later, Dred Scott lost his final court case on March 6, 1857. It was ruled that he and his family would remain in slavery. However, his current owners sold them to the son of their previous owner and they were freed. During these trials, Scott became very well-known and got a lot of support from churches and abolitionists. This helped encourage the Northerners to fight for what they believed in, whether it be the freedom of one family or, later, the freedom of all American slaves. This newfound encouragement helped push them to fight in the Civil War just four years later.