BATTLE OF THE SPURS - Near Netawaka KS - Jackson Co KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saso_362
N 39° 33.961 W 095° 43.994
15S E 265204 N 4383159
Quick Description: This roadside marker located in Jackson County gives a little bit of John Brown history.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2007 11:28:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM2BX9
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 83

Long Description:
The Battle of the Spurs was coined when a federal posse "spurred away" from Brown and his supporters.
Marker Name: BATTLE OF THE SPURS

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
Just before christmas, 1858, John Brown "liberated" eleven slaves in Missouri. He hid them in a covered wagon and circled north on the underground railway toward Nebraska and freedom. En route a Negro baby was born. Late in January they reached Albert Fuller's cabin on the Straight creek, a mile and a half south of this marker. Here a Federal posse barred their way. Both sides sent for reinforcements. Help for Brown arrived first. Topeka abolistionists leaving in the midst of Sunday church. Declaring he would not be turned "from the path of the lord". Brown though still outnumbered, crossed the creek in spite of high water and the enemy entrenched on the other side. Demoralized by his audacity, the posse mounted and spurred away--thus giving a name to the bloodless battle. This was Brown's exit from Kansas. In December, 1859, he was hanged for his treasonable attack at Harpers Ferry. This sign marks the site of Eureka, a trading center on the parallel road which ran from Atchison to the Pike's Peak gold fields.


Marker Location: Jackson

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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