Petition from Leaders of Emigrant Train

Title: Petition from Leaders of Emigrant Train
Description: This petition, dated October 14, 1856, is addressed to Kansas Gov. John W. Geary and is signed by six conductors of an emigrant train that brought families from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to settle in Kansas. They tell Geary that they brought sabres with them because they had heard that armed men were blockading the Missouri River to Free State emigrants. They state that they were stopped at the border by U.S. troops, who searched their wagons, stole their arms, and imprisoned them. The conductors assert their rights as American citizens “to bear arms, and to be exempt from unlawful search or seizure,” and they request Geary’s assistance.
Date original: October 14, 1856
Person: John W Geary
Owning organization: Kansas Historical Society
Document Type: petition
Publication Statement: Kansas Territory Executive Department Correspondence, Folder 35
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Page Type: Digital Repository Object
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