terwards tried and acquitted)......Aug. 19, 1856
Governor Shannon receives notice of his removal and of the appointment of John W. Geary, of Pennsylvania......Aug. 21, 1856
David Atchison chosen commander of pro-slavery troops in the Territory; Stringfellow assists him in concentrating an army at Little Santa Fe on the Missouri border......Aug. 25, 1856
Proclamation of Governor Woodson declaring the Territory in a state of insurrection and rebellion......Aug. 25, 1856
House of Ottawa Jones burned by proslavery ruffians......Aug. 29, 1856
Osawatomie sacked by Missourians, and Frederick Brown killed......Aug. 30, 1856
Missourians commence the raids in Linn and Bourbon counties, followed later by James Montgomery's retaliatory measures......August, 1856
William Phillips, free-State, killed at a Leavenworth city election......Sept. 1, 1856
John W. Geary, of Pennsylvania, third territorial governor, promises in his inaugural address justice and fair play; orders the
fferent routes were entirely stopped; and notwithstanding there were abundant troops in the Territory to escort the mails, I know that such escorts were not furnished, as they ought to have been.
I saw while it was standing, and afterwards saw the ruins, of a most valuable house, the property of a highly civilized, intelligent, and exemplary Christian Indian, which was burned to the ground by the ruffians, because its owner was suspected of favoring the free state men. He is known as Ottawa Jones, or John T. Jones.
In September last, I visited a beautiful little free state town called Staunton, on the north side of the Osage, (or Marais-des-Cygnes, as it is sometimes called,) from which every inhabitant had fled for fear of their lives, even after having built a strong log house, or wooden fort, at a heavy expense, for their protection.
Many of them had left their effects liable to be destroyed or carried off, not being able to remove them.
This was to me a most gloomy scene