Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

Battle of Hickory Point - Page
33 votes

Like Kansas Memory?
Help us add more items by donating $$$.
Donate to Kansas Memory

Painting by Samuel Reader depicting the Battle of Hickory Point. Reader, an early settler of Shawnee County, was a member of a volunteer Free State company. On September 13, 1856, General James Lane heard that proslavery men were committing outrages in the town of Grasshopper Falls (Valley Falls). Lane marched to Ozawkie and recruited Free State settlers. Shortly thereafter, he heard that the proslavery forces were at Hickory Point, north of Oskaloosa, and so redirected his men there. The proslavery forces, which included about 40 South Carolinians, were under the command of Captain H. A. Lowe. According to Reader's accounts, only one Free State man was injured, but between 5-6 proslavery men were killed when these forces collided. Reader was an amateur artist and kept diaries of his life in territorial Kansas. The exact date Reader produced this painting is unknown; many of his historical art works were painted from memory at the end of the 19th century.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1856 and 1914

Bookbag Share Print

Item Number: 209881
KSHS Identifier: 1984.148.1

Samuel Reader lanternslide Samuel Reader lanternslide Samuel Reader lanternslide, Capturing a Yank at Big Blue Samuel Reader lanternslide

Copyright © 2007-2014 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.