Battle of Osawatomie

Battle of Osawatomie (HM1B9E)

Location: Osawatomie, KS 66064 Miami County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 29.924', W 94° 57.544'

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The Battle of Osawatomie was fought on this site on the morning of August 30, 1856. John Brown led a force of about 30 Free State guerilla fighters in battle against John Reid and 250 proslavery militia men. John Brown chose this battlefield, and his battle plan was to take a strong stand, then withdraw and distract Reid's proslavery force away from attacking Osawatomie. Reid's proslavery militia force sought to capture or kill John Brown, who was a prominent leader of the militant abolitionists in Kansas Territory.

John Reid's proslavery militia men took up a position here to attack John Brown's Free State guerillas that had formed up in the brush on the south bank of the Marais des Cygnes River directly to the north. Please proceed to sign two directly ahead.
HM NumberHM1B9E
Marker Number1
Year Placed2012
Placed ByKansas State Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:58pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 329162 N 4262971
Decimal Degrees38.49873333, -94.95906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 29.924', W 94° 57.544'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 29' 55.44" N, 94° 57' 32.64" W
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Area Code(s)913, 785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 999 Parker Ave, Osawatomie KS 66064, US
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