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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
Item Number: 209881
KSHS Identifier: 1984.148.1
Collections - Museum
Date - 1854-1860
Date - 1861-1869
Date - 1880s
Date - 1890s
Date - 1900s
Date - 1910s
Military - Wars - Bleeding Kansas
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Picture - Documentary
People - Notable Kansans - Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866
People - Notable Kansans - Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Places - Counties - Jefferson
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts