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The Free State Militias, Part Five

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4

Patrick Laughlin came back from the Big Springs Convention with two missions: organize a mail route through his area of Kansas and found two cells of the Kansas Legion. 748 more words

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The Free State Militias, Part Four

Parts 1, 2, 3

We left off Patrick Laughlin’s testimony to the Howard Committee with him joining the Kansas Legion. There he had facilitated the founding of two local branches of the organization by delivering sealed books to their leaders. 570 more words

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The Free State Militias, Part Three

Parts 1, 2

Patrick Laughlin, proslavery man turned free soil man turned proslavery man again, began his testimony like that of many who came before the Howard Committee. 663 more words

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The Free State Militias, Part Two

The difficulty in researching secret groups comes from their habit of living up to the title. As dubiously legal organizations, the free state militias had more reason than the recreational appeal of creating secrets to keep a low profile. 697 more words

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The Free State Militias, Part One

Armed companies have often stood on the sidelines of my reading in Kansas matters. One appeared at the Fourth of July festivities in Lawrence, receiving a flag from the ladies of the town. 696 more words

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Electing Andrew Reeder, Part Two

Andrew Reeder, that dubiously Kansan ex-governor of the Territory, stood for election as delegate to Congress on October 9, 1855. Even some antislavery Kansans thought him an odd choice for the office, but ultimately they elected him. 620 more words

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Electing Andrew Reeder, Part One

The proslavery Kansans had their election on October 1, 1855, inviting along the now-customary bands of armed Missourians best kept away from open flames and… 567 more words

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