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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