The Truth at Last; History Corrected. Reminiscences of Old John Brown. Thrilling Incidents of Border Life in Kansas; With an Appendix, Containing Statements and Full Details of the Pottawotomie Massacre, by Gov. Crawford, Col. Blood, Jas.

The Truth at Last; History Corrected. Reminiscences of Old John Brown. Thrilling Incidents of Border Life in Kansas; With an Appendix, Containing Statements and Full Details of the Pottawotomie Massacre, by Gov. Crawford, Col. Blood, Jas.

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...time of which I am writing. He says: "I reached Kansas, and entered upon the discharge of my official duties in the most gloomy hour of her history. Desolution and ruin reigned on every hand; homes and firesides were deserted; the smoke of burning dwellings darkened the atmosphere; women and children, driven from their habitations, wandered over tli prairies and among the woodlands, or sought refuge and protection even among the Indian tribes. The highways were infested with numerous pre datory bands, and the towns were fortified and garrisoned by armies of conflicting partizans, each excited almost to frenzy, and determined upon mutual extermination. )Such was, without exaggeration, the condition of the Territory at the period of my arrival." In Lawrence, where the people had resorted from the country for security, the masses were subsisting on just what foraging parties could pick up through the country, even bringing in unthreshed wheat and oats, treading out the grain, and grinding in coffee mills. Teams sent to Kansas City or Leavenworth for supplies were sure to be confiscated by the Border Ruffians, and the teamsters were robbed and outraged in some form. I think there were full 800 Free State men in town on the Governor's arrival; and yet, when with tears in their eyes I heard parties tell the Governor the necessitous condition in which they had left their families, and how anxious they were to go to their relief, the Governor would reply: "You had better remain in Lawrence a few days longer, but only for defence." I will not at this time detail all the facts I know in regard to this subject, as they will be more properly treated of in my "Reminiscences of Gen. Lane," which I am invited to...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236993667
  • 9781236993663