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Belle R. Greene to George W. Martin

Belle R. Greene to George W. Martin
Creator: Greene, Belle R.
Date: March 28, 1907-April 3, 1907
In this correspondence with George W. Martin, Belle R. Greene, daughter of Jesse Greene, discusses the material covered in her father's papers from the period when he worked at the Shawnee Indian Methodist Manual Labor School. As Belle Greene indicates in her letters to G.W. Martin, her father's papers are full of details regarding the individuals he dealt with at the Methodist school.

Hiram Hill to Dear Wife

Hiram Hill to Dear Wife
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: November 31, 1855
Hiram Hill wrote from Lexi[ng]ton, Missouri to his wife in Williamsburgh, Massachusetts on his way to Lawrence, Kansas Territory. The low river had forced him and other steamboat passengers to come ashore 25 miles short of Lexington. Once there, he heard rumors of war, reporting that Missourians "all armed to the teeth" were entering the Territory. Hill was sick and wished to turn back, but fellow travelers Mr. Whitney and Judge Johnson planned to continue. Hill included a brief message for his adopted son, Arthur.

Leg shackle

Leg shackle
Date: between 1855 and 1860
Open circular iron shackle. In 1860 Robert McFarland, a blacksmith in Lexington, Missouri, cut this shackle from the leg of an escaped slave. The slave was an elderly man who had fled from a nearby farm after receiving horrible treatment at the hands of his owner. A neighbor brought the man to McFarland's shop and asked him to help remove the shackle, which was connected to a 5-foot chain and a 20-pound iron ball. After removing the device, McFarland threw the ball and chain into a well and buried the shackle near his foundry. When the family moved to Kansas in 1871, McFarland dug up the shackle and brought it with him. He donated it to the Kansas Historical Society in 1893.

Leigh R. Webber to John Stillman Brown

Leigh R. Webber to John Stillman Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: January 23, 1862
A letter written by Leigh R. Webber from Kansas City, Missouri, addressed to John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence, Kansas. Webber begins by recounting other letters he had recently sent to members of the Brown family. He describes the march from Lexington to Kansas City and future plans to continue on to Fort Scott. Webber also discusses his father's recent death.

Leigh R. Webber to Mrs. Brown

Leigh R. Webber to Mrs. Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: January 11, 1862
This letter, written by Leigh R. Webber from Lexington, Missouri, was addressed to Mrs. Brown, wife of John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence. Webber described the weather and life in Lexington, as well as future plans for the regiment to march to Kansas City, Missouri. He asked Mrs. Brown to send him clothing. Webber spent much of the letter describing the unruly behavior of his fellow soldiers.

Spencer Kellogg Brown, the Battle of Osawatomie

Spencer Kellogg Brown, the Battle of Osawatomie
Creator: Brown, Spencer Kellogg, 1842-1863
Date: Around 1856
This account of the battle and its aftermath, written by Spencer Kellogg Brown, was compiled from his shorthand diary. It describes the battle and his experiences as a young teenager taken prisoner by pro-slavery forces. He traveled with the Missouri troops and their other prisoners, and then for several weeks he lived under house arrest with Dr. James Keith from Lexington, Missouri. This particular account is unique because it gives very detailed descriptions of how ordinary citizens became entangled in the fighting.

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