Battle of Franklin

Wednesday, June 4, 1856 to Thursday, June 5, 1856

John Brown's Sharps rifle. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

John Brown and a small band of Free-Staters seek to recover ammunition and other supplies taken in the Sacking of Lawrence. In the skirmish at Franklin (in Douglas County, Kansas), the Free-Staters recover Sharps rifles, ammunition, and other weapons from a storehouse. Several of the partisans are wounded, and one proslavery man later dies from his wounds. 


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