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A 12-gauge muzzle loading shotgun, with the engraved plate, "Gun of Captain Sam Walker, Brought to Kansas in June 1854" attached to the stock. Samuel Walker came to Kansas to support the free-state cause. Advised by the proslavery sheriff of Douglas County to leave the territory, he responded by organizing a company of free-state militia known as the Bloomington guards. Walker was at several conflicts between the free-staters and proslavery men, including Lawrence, Fort Saunders and Fort Titus. Presumably the shotgun went with him.
Creator: Crescent Firearms Company
Date: between 1845 and 1854
Item Number: 209855
KSHS Identifier: 1902.19.1
Collections - Museum
Date - 1854-1860 - 1854
Military - Facilities - Forts
Military - Wars - Bleeding Kansas
Military - Weapons - Firearms
Objects and Artifacts - Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology - Armament - Armament, Firearm - Shotgun, Double-barrel percussion lock
People - Notable Kansans - Walker, Samuel, 1822-1893
Places - Counties - Douglas
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts