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Border Disputes and Warfare > Significant Incidents > Battle of Fort Titus (Aug. 16, 1856)
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Walker Shotgun
Author: No authors specified.
Date: 1854

Shotgun of Captain Samuel Walker, brought by him to Kansas in June, 1854, and used in the Battle of Fort Titus.

Keywords: Border disputes and warfare; Firearms; Fort Titus, Battle of; Free state cause; Guns; Objects; Violence; Walker, Samuel Douglas; Weapons (see also Guns)

Letter, [John Brown, Jr.?] to [John Brown?]
Author: Brown, Jr., John
Date: August 16, 1856

Two days after encouraging his father to visit him at the prisoners' "camp" near Lecompton, John Brown, Jr., wrote to say "I had not better try to meet you just now." He thought things looked "favorable" for the free state prisoners and wrote of what he had heard of the Battle of Fort Titus, which took place that very day, August 16, 1856.

Keywords: Brown, John, 1800-1859; Brown, John, Jr.; Fort Titus, Battle of; Free state cause; Lecompton, Kansas Territory; Prisoners; Sackett, Delos B.; Titus, Henry Theodore

Photograph, Samuel Walker
Author: No authors specified.
Date: c. 1860

Copy of a portrait showing Samuel Walker, Free-State and military leader. On August 16, 1856, Capt. Samuel Walker led an attack on the fortified house of Col. Titus, near Lecompton, captured 20 prisoners and burned the house. He was the captain of a Free-State infantry company at Lawrence. In February, 1858, he executed a search warrant and found the candle-box filled with election returns from Delaware Crossing. The box was buried by Gen. L. A. Maclean. Walker served as sheriff of Douglas county and deputy U. S. marshal.

Keywords: Photographs and Illustrations; Walker, Samuel Douglas

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