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James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: battle of Ossawatomie. (search)
tate men. August 12.--At night three hundred abolitionists, under this same Brown, attacked the town of Franklin, robbed, plundered, and burnt, took all the arms in town, broke open and destroyed the post office, carried away the old cannon Sacramento, which our gallant Missourians captured in Mexico, and are now turning its mouth against our friends. Six men were killed, and Mrs. Crane knocked down by an abolitionist. [All false.] The same day a Mr. Williams, a settler near St. Bernardbut sustains the laws of the Territory. August 15.--Brown, with four hundred abolitionists, mostly Lane's men, mounted and armed, attacked Treadwell's settlement, in Douglass County, numbering about thirty men. They planted the old cannon Sacramento towards the colony, and surrounded them. They, being so largely overpowered, attempted to escape; but as they were on foot, it is feared they have all been taken and murdered. Meet at Lexington on Wednesday, August 20, at 12 o'clock. Bri