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Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: June 22, 1856
During a lull, Cyrus K. Holliday reported from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania that Colonel Edwin V. Sumner had forced proslavery troops back to Missouri and camped on the border. Two free state men from Wisconsin had killed proslavery supporters near Osawatomie. Governor Wilson Shannon had resigned. A "large mass convention" was planned for July 2nd and 3rd, with a meeting of the free state legislature on the 4th. Cyrus advised Mary and Mr. Nichols to wait until after the 4th to travel to the territory.


Fourth of July celebration, Coldwater, Kansas

Fourth of July celebration, Coldwater, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1903
View of a 1903 Fourth of July celebration on a street in Coldwater, Kansas. Business buildings are visible along the street, including the Shultise & Allderdice General Supply Store.


Kansas children in Colonial era costumes

Kansas children in Colonial era costumes
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1900s and 1930s
This photograph from a glass plate negative shows a group of children dressed in colonial costumes gathered around a 1776 American flag.


William B. Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

William B. Hutchinson to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Hutchinson, William , 1823-1904
Date: June 6, 1856
William B. Hutchinson of Lawrence, Kansas Territory wrote to Cyrus K. Holliday in Topeka, K. T., requesting support for a People's Mass Convention in Topeka on July 4. The gathering Free-Staters would be armed in case of opposition. Colonel Edwin V. Sumner had received orders on June 4th from K. T. Governor Wilson Shannon to disband unlawful military forces. The camp from which Hutchinson wrote had complied, but John W. Whitfield and his troops, camped at Bull Creek, refused. Hutchinson described northern enthusiasm to aid financially the free state cause. John H. Reeder and James H. Lane were speaking in northern states.


William Y. Roberts and Samuel Clarke Pomeroy to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

William Y. Roberts and Samuel Clarke Pomeroy to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Roberts, William Y
Date: June 24, 1856
William Y. Roberts and Samuel C. Pomeroy reported their activities from Willard's, a hotel popular with wealthy congressmen in Washington, D. C., to Cyrus K. Holliday in Topeka, Kansas Territory. They described the legislators' and President Franklin Pierce's eagerness to resolve K. T. troubles. While approving the July 4th meeting of the free state legislature, they cautioned Holliday to promote peace.


Young Uncle Sam

Young Uncle Sam
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photograph from a glass plate negative shows an informal portrait of a young boy dressed up as Uncle Sam.


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