Pleasanton, Kansas History
The Marais Des Cygnes Museum is located on the site of a
famous confrontation between pro-slavery and abolition forces on
May 19, 1858. The five victims of the massacre were immortalized
as martyrs in the cause for freedom.
Pleasanton was founded in July, 1869, and named for General
Pleasanton who defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Mine
Creek in October, 1864. This battle, involved 25,000 men,
resulted in a Union victory which ended the threat of Confederate
invasion in Kansas.
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