Wakarusa War

Wednesday, November 21, 1855 to Saturday, December 8, 1855

Rescue of Jacob Branson, by J.N. Holloway. Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.

A skirmish breaks out in the Wakarusa River Valley near Lawrence, Kansas, following the murder of Charles Dow, a Free-State settler who is killed by the proslavery Franklin Coleman. While the murder is not about politics, the resulting political unrest leads Douglas County Sheriff Samuel J. Jones to raise a militia and place Lawrence under siege. The "war" claims one more victim, a Free-Stater named Thomas Barber.


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