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Osawatomie, Kansas History

The Osage and Potowatomi Indians had villages in the vicinity of what is now Osawatomie. The names of the two tribes were combined to name the city.

30 Aug 1856--John Brown and 40 defenders were attacked by about 400 pro-slavery Missourians. In this "battle" of Osawatomie, the settlement (all but four homes) was burned and John Brown's son Frederick was killed by Rev. Martin White.

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