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Fortified cabin built by John Brown, Linn County, Kansas

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Date: Between 1950 and 1970

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.L5 .79 *7

Unit ID: 228886

Summary: This is an artist's rendering of a fortified cabin built by John Brown at the site of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. On May 19, 1858, proslavery supporters killed five and wounded five free-state supporters in a ravine near Trading Post, Kansas in Linn County. The massacre, which followed earlier guerrilla warfare activities on both sides, shocked the nation and became a pivotal event in the "Bleeding Kansas" era. In late June 1858, abolitionist John Brown constructed a fortified cabin, illustrated here, at the site of the massacre. The fort was reported to have been two stories high, walled up with logs and with a flat roof. Water from a spring ran through the house and into a pit at the southwest corner. Although the fort no longer stands, the site is listed as a National Historic Landmark administered by the Kansas Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Fortified cabin built by John Brown, Linn County, Kansas


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