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1855 rescue of free stater Jacob Branson

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Creator: Abbott, James Burnett, 1818-1897

Date: Between 1855 and 1860

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: James Abbott Coll. #252 Box 2 Folder 6

Unit ID: 6902

Summary: James Abbott, a free state activist who participated in several Kansas Territory conflicts (including the rescues of John Doy and Jacob Branson), wrote this account of the 1855 rescue of Jacob Branson. In his account, Sheriff Jones, supported by the proslavery "bogus" legislature, had arrested Jacob Branson, a free state man who witnessed the murder of Charles W. Dow by Franklin Coleman, a proslavery neighbor. Abbott and his cohorts successfully rescued Branson, although their actions were controversial even among fellow free state supporters. Certain aspects of Abbott's account of these events disagreed with an earlier account provided by Samuel Wood, and Abbott addressed those discrepancies in this document. [Abbott's account, obtained either by handwritten manuscript or personal interview, is presented here as an annotated typed transcript.]

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Title (Main title): 1855 rescue of free stater Jacob Branson

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Local Note: TKO Doc ID 102422