Marais des Cygnes Massacre

Marais des Cygnes Massacre (HM2BH)

Location: Pleasanton, KS 66075 Linn County
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N 38° 15.107', W 94° 40.808'

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Nothing in the struggle over slavery in Kansas did more to inflame the nation than the mass killing which took place May 19, 1858, about four miles northeast of this marker. Charles Hamelton who had been driven from the territory by Free-State men, retaliated by invading the county with about thirty Missourians. Capturing 11 Free-State men, he marched them to a ravine and lined them up before a firing squad. Five were killed, five were wounded, and one escaped by feigning death. The site and adjoining land, occupied for a time by John Brown, are preserved in a state memorial park. A monument bearing lines from Whittier's tribute to the victims stands in Trading Post cemetery south of here.

The town received its name from an Indian trading post established about 1834. A monument just east of the river marks the site. Here also, in January, 1859, John Brown dated his famous "Parallels."
HM NumberHM2BH
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 352989 N 4235086
Decimal Degrees38.25178333, -94.68013333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.107', W 94° 40.808'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 6.42" N, 94° 40' 48.48" W
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Area Code(s)913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8100-8126 Trading Post, Pleasanton KS 66075, US
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