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This testimony, taken down by Thaddeus Hyatt as part of the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, is divided into two parts. It begins with descriptions of his life before he came to Kansas Territory and his efforts to set up a claim outside of Lawrence, including his technique for building his sod house. Thomas Bickerton was a well traveled individual and an influential commander of a free state artillery company. He was involved in skirmishes with border ruffians and in the attack on Franklin. Also, General James Lane sent him to Kansas City to obtain a brass howitzer (later known as the Abbott howitzer) for use against the proslavery forces.

Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: December 5, 1856 - December 12, 1856

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Item Number: 2582
Call Number: Thaddeus Hyatt Coll. #401 Box 1 Folder 5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 2582

Built Environment - Function - Domestic - Single Dwelling
Built Environment - Materials - Earth - Sod
Business and Industry - Construction - Building materials - Sawmills
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Farmers
Business and Industry - Services - Real estate
Collections - Manuscript - Hyatt, Thaddeus
Community Life - Community services - Economic development
Date - 1854-1860 - 1856
Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Policies and programs - Land
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Free Soil
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery
Government and Politics - Territorial Government - Political parties - Free State
Home and Family - Daily life - Settlement
Home and Family - Residences - Sod houses
Military - Facilities - Forts - Fort Riley
Military - Service - Militias
Military - Wars - Bleeding Kansas
Military - Weapons - Artillery
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Journal
People - Notable Kansans - Abbott, James Burnett, 1818-1897
People - Notable Kansans - Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866
People - Notable People - Hyatt, Thaddeus
Places - Cities and towns - Franklin (Douglas County)
Places - Cities and towns - Junction City
Places - Cities and towns - Kansas City
Places - Cities and towns - Lawrence
Places - Counties - Douglas
Places - Counties - Geary
Places - Counties - Wyandotte
Places - Other States - Missouri
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Printed materials - Journals

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