Details For Cover ID# 29057

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 1, 21
Edited on:Mar 1, 21
Postmark: May 8, 1859 (Kansas Territory)
Origin: Grasshopper Falls, Kansas, UNITED STATES
Destination: Cleveland, Ohio, UNITED STATES

"Grasshopper Falls K.T., May 8" (1859) 37mm double circle datestamp on 3c red on buff postal entire (U10) to Mrs. M. A. (Mary Ann) Cody, Cleveland, Ohio. Pencil notation on back "from correspondence of Buffalo Bill's (Cody) family, May 8th 1859". Scarce cover from an important "Border War" town. Ex-Jack E. Molesworth.

Grasshopper Falls in Jefferson County, Kansas Territory, was founded in 1855. It was named after its location on the falls of the Grasshopper River, now called the Delaware. In 1856 A.T. Pattie, a pro-slavery man, was run out of town. This resulted on a reprisal raid on the free-state town in September 1856.

The Mass and Delegate Free State Convention met at Grass Hopper Falls on August 26, 1857 to decide whether to participate in the scheduled election. This meeting unified the free staters, and they in turn carried the October election and defeated most of the Democratic Party pro-slavery candidates. This virtually assured that Kansas would be admitted as a free state, but to no means did it put an end to the conflict, known as "Bleeding Kansas".

Owner's ID: 2428
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For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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