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Muster Roll of Captain Samuel Walker, Company D, Second Regiment, 1st Brigade, Kansas Volunteeers

Muster Roll of Captain Samuel Walker, Company D, Second Regiment, 1st Brigade, Kansas Volunteeers
Date: December 12, 1855
This muster roll identified men who served in the Wakarusa War from November 27 to December 12, 1855. The second regiment was commanded by Col. C. K. Holliday, and Company D was recruited from the area around Bloomington, Kansas Territory. The information provided included name, rank (if an officer), and age, and annotations about the value of property such as saddles, clothes, horses, etc. taken or destroyed by the "enemy." Officers are identified. [Ages of the company ranged from 17 to 50 years old.]


Samuel Walker's shotgun

Samuel Walker's shotgun
Creator: Crescent Firearms Company
Date: between 1845 and 1854
A 12-gauge muzzle loading shotgun, with the engraved plate, "Gun of Captain Sam Walker, Brought to Kansas in June 1854" attached to the stock. Samuel Walker came to Kansas to support the free-state cause. Advised by the proslavery sheriff of Douglas County to leave the territory, he responded by organizing a company of free-state militia known as the Bloomington guards. Walker was at several conflicts between the free-staters and proslavery men, including Lawrence, Fort Saunders and Fort Titus. Presumably the shotgun went with him.


Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns

Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns
Creator: Marsh, Thomas J.
Date: July 18, 1857
Thomas P. Marsh in Lawrence, Kansas, wrote to George L. Stearns regarding political activities in the area. Marsh discussed attending the Free State party convention and the support for the Topeka Constitution in Lawrence and the surrounding areas. He also discussed the census and how it compared to the number of voters in the territory. During the "Bleeding Kansas" period, voter fraud was common as Missourians poured into the territory to support a pro-slavery legislature. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns

Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns
Creator: Marsh, Thomas J.
Date: July 20, 1857
Thomas J. Marsh in Lawrence writes to George L. Stearns regarding Governor Robert Walker and his troops that were stationed outside of Lawrence. The letter also mentions the August elections and canvassing for the Free State Party. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns

Thomas J. Marsh to George L. Stearns
Creator: Marsh, Thomas J.
Date: July 21, 1857
Thomas Marsh in Lawrence, Kansas, writes to George L. Stearns regarding Governor Robert Walker and his forces entering Lawrence. Marsh spoke with Walker and found him cordial, however, no person in Lawrence knows what his purposes are; Marsh seems suspicious. Marsh wrote to Stearns on multiple occasions in July to detail the events that took place in Lawrence as they unfolded. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


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