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John Brown in Kansas - 1856


Posted By: Pat Ryan White (email)
Date: 2/26/2020 at 20:21:48

But Henry County was one of the outstanding northern communities where opposition to slavery was courageously militant.  It might be interesting to note that when John Brown was out in Kansas, fighting the extension of slavery in that area, men from Iowa, and even from Mt. Pleasant hurried to Kansas to join the ranks of Brown’s defenders.  In 1856, a group of young men left Mt. Pleasant for Lawrence, Kans., where a large force of pro-slavery men were gathered to annihilate Brown’s forces.  Among those, who left here were Major T.A. Bereman and his brother, A.H. Bereman, O.P. Howe, T.S. Stanton, Alpheus Palmer, J. S. Everingham and others.  The night before the battle, John Brown of immortal fame, shared the blanket of Major Bereman and Stanton.

[Excerpt from THE BYSTANDER’S NOTES, “Mount Pleasant News”, December 1, 1944, page 2]


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