Battle of Black Jack

Battle of Black Jack (HMD7I)

Location: Wellsville, KS 66092 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.042', W 95° 7.726'

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This "battle" was part of the struggle to make Kansas a free state. In May, 1856, Proslavery men destroyed buildings and newspaper presses in Lawrence, Free-State headquarters. John Brown's company then killed five Proslavery men on Pottawatomie Creek not far from this spot. In retaliation Henry C. Pate raided near-by Palmyra and took three prisoners. Early on the morning of June 2, Brown attacked Pate's camp in a grove of black jack oaks about 1/4 mile south of this sign. Both sides had several wounded and numerous desertions before Pate and 28 men surrendered, Brown claiming he had only 15 men left. As evidence of civil war, this fight received much publicity and excited both the North and the South.
HM NumberHMD7I
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number7
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 6:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 315054 N 4293113
Decimal Degrees38.76736667, -95.12876667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.042', W 95° 7.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 2.52" N, 95° 7' 43.56" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001-2015 N 200 Rd, Wellsville KS 66092, US
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