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These two photographs show the Charles Hadsell house, as well as the location of John Brown's fort, located near the Marais des Cygnes massacre site in Linn County, Kansas. On May 19, 1858, Missouri border ruffian Charles Hamelton and some 30 other men rode through the village of Trading Post, Kansas, and captured 11 free-state men and marched them into a ravine where they opened fire on them. Five of the men were killed, five were seriously injured, and one escaped unharmed.

John Brown, arriving at the scene toward the end of June, built a "fort" some 220 yards south of the ravine. The land on which the fort was built belonged to Eli Snider, a blacksmith. Later he sold it to Brown's friend Charles C. Hadsall, who agreed to let Brown occupy it for military purposes. Brown and his men withdrew at the end of the summer, leaving the fort to Hadsall.

In later years, Hadsall built a stone house adjoining the site of Brown's fort, enclosing the spring within the walls of the first floor. In 1941, the Kansas legislature authorized acceptance of the massacre site, including Hadsall's house, as a gift to the state from the Pleasanton Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1961, it provided funds for the restoration of the building, and in 1963, the entire property was turned over to the Kansas Historical Society for administration. A museum was established in the upper floor of the building in 1964. Today the park is operated as the Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site.

Creator: Galey, Thomas
Date: July 17, 1930

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Charles Hadsall house at the Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, Linn County, Kansas - 1 [*19]

Item Number: 228895
Call Number: FK2.L5 .79 *19-20
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 228895

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