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L. W. Allen to Lewis Allen Alderson

L. W. Allen to Lewis Allen Alderson
Date: December 1833-February 1834
Several letters written by L. W. Allen to Lewis Allen Alderson. Alderson later moved to Atchison, Kansas, in 1858 and was a prominent Baptist minister. He died in Atchison in 1881.


Nightstick

Nightstick
Date: 1889
This is a short wooden nightstick turned of a single piece of wood removed from the floor of Libby Prison. Libby was a notorious jail for Union officers operated by the Confederacy at Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. The building was dismantled in 1889 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where it was reassembled as a museum. The person in charge of the disassembly was John W. Woodward, whom the donor, W.W. Phillips, convinced to turn over a section of the prison floor. Phillips then took the wood to a factory and watched while it was turned into three canes and three nightsticks. Phillips was an early Kansas settler and a Civil War veteran, having served in the Second Kansas Militia which was active in the Battle of the Blue in 1864.


W. Sands to Lewis Allen Alderson

W. Sands to Lewis Allen Alderson
Date: 1830s
Letter written by W. Sands to Lewis Allen Alderson and his father, Joseph. Lewis Allen Alderson later moved to Atchison, Kansas, in 1858 and was a prominent Baptist minister. He died in Atchison in 1881.


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