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This is a hand painted lanternslide with handmade wooden frame. This slide is part of a collection made by Samuel James Reader documenting his experiences in the Civil War. It shows the capture of a soldier during the Battle of the Big Blue on October 22, 1864, and may depict Reader's own story. He was a soldier in the 2nd Kansas State Militia and was captured during the battle, then later escaped by disguising himself as a Confederate soldier. Reader kept a diary that included his experiences at this battle and as a prisoner of war. Reader was an early settler in Kansas, building his own home just north of Topeka. He began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.
Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: between 1866 and 1913
Item Number: 224865
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.22
Collections - Museum
Date - 1861-1869
Date - 1870s
Date - 1880s
Date - 1890s
Date - 1900s
Date - 1910s
Military - Wars - Civil War
Military - Wars - Civil War - Battle of the Blue
Military - Wars - Civil War - Kansas Units - State Militia - 2nd Kansas State Militia Infantry
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Transparency, Lantern-slide
People - Notable Kansans - Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Places - Cities and towns - Indianola
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Civil War, 1861-1865
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts