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Tombstone of David C. Buffum, a free-stater from Massachusetts, who was killed by the pro-slavery Kickapoo Rangers on September 17, 1856. Buffum was plowing a field on his farm near Lawrence, Kansas, when the Rangers (including Charles Hays) confronted him. Hays shot Buffum in the stomach when Buffum refused to surrender his horse. Before he died, Buffum was heard to express the sentiment chiseled on his tombstone: "I am willing to die for the cause of Freedom in Kansas."
Item Number: 209849
KSHS Identifier: 1919.58.1
Collections - Museum
Date - 1854-1860 - 1856
Home and Family - Death and funerals
Military - Service - Militias
Military - Wars - Bleeding Kansas
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Ceremonial Artifact - Tombstone
Places - Cities and towns - Lawrence
Places - Counties - Douglas
Places - Other States - Massachusetts
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts