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David C. Buffum's tombstone

David C. Buffum's tombstone
Date: 1856
Tombstone of David C. Buffum, a free-stater from Massachusetts, who was killed by the pro-slavery Kickapoo Rangers on September 17, 1856. Buffum was plowing a field on his farm near Lawrence, Kansas, when the Rangers (including Charles Hays) confronted him. Hays shot Buffum in the stomach when Buffum refused to surrender his horse. Before he died, Buffum was heard to express the sentiment chiseled on his tombstone: "I am willing to die for the cause of Freedom in Kansas."


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