Sword From "Bleeding Kansas"

Incidents between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in Kansas becaame increasingly violent during the mid-1850s. By May 1856, pro-slavery forces had rigged elections, terrorized anti-slavery settlers, burned the city of Lawrence and killed many free-state advocates. John Brown, determined to retaliate, led his militia company, the Liberty Guards, along Pottawatomie Creek in late May. There, the armed band killed five pro-slavery settlers, none of whom owned slaves. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0084
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park