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This is a hand painted lanternslide with handmade wooden frame. This slide is part of a collection of slides made by Samuel James Reader depicting his experiences in the Civil War. It shows the Second Kansas State Militia leaving Topeka on Oct. 12, 1864, and headed for battle. Reader rode his horse, Fox, and later noted that the animal was so excited he passed to the front of the line with the commander. Reader was a Kansas farmer who was active in the early Topeka community. He built two of his own homes, served in the Civil War, and wrote in a diary nearly every day for 64 years. Reader 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: 224870
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.23
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