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Battery A on the Kansas State Capitol grounds in Topeka, Kansas

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Creator: Farrow, W. F.

Date: February 1893

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: FK2.2 H.1893 *6

Unit ID: 237

Summary: During the Populist War of 1893, Battery A, a militia unit from Wichita, Kansas, was stationed on the grounds outside of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. The dispute began when both the Republican and Populist parties claimed victory in the Kansas House elections in 1892. A number of contests were still being disputed when the legislative session began in January 1893. The conflict between the parties reached a crisis when the Populists locked themselves in the House Hall. The Republicans used a sledgehammer to break down the doors to the hall. The governor requested support from the state militia. After a three-day standoff, Governor Lewelling was able to negotiate an agreement with the Republican speaker of the house, which amounted to a Populist surrender. The state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the Republicans.

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Title (Main title): Battery A on the Kansas State Capitol grounds in Topeka, Kansas


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    Kansas. National Guard -- History -- 19th century
    Kansas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
    Topeka (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century
    Gatling guns
    Populism -- Kansas

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