Missourians Siege Lawrence

Monday, September 15, 1856

Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas, ca. 1867. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Another militia force of proslavery Missourians surrounds Lawrence, with John Brown and some military companies preparing to defend the town. On September 15, Kansas Territorial Governor John Geary leads U.S. soldiers to stand between the Missourians and Lawrence. The would-be attackers back down, and Charles Robinson, who had just been absolved of treason charges and released from jail five days earlier, provides wine to the U.S. officers under Geary's command.

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