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Trading Post in Linn County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
1. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Front of Marker
 
Inscription. (Front):
Rev. B. L. Read
John F. Campbell
William Colpetzer
Michael Robertson
Patrick Ross
William Hairgrove
Asa Hairgrove
Charles Snider
William A Stilwell
Amos Hall
Austin Hall

(Side 2):
On the 19th day of May 1858, the men whose names
appear on this monument were taken from their
daily avocations by a band of armed border
ruffians and marched to a deep ravine four miles
east of this place and there shot and left for dead.
Their only offense was was they were Free State men.

(Side 3):
Ad Astra Per Aspera

(Side 4):
From the hearths of their cabins,
The fields of their corn,
Unwarned and unweaponed,
The victims were torn,--
By the whirlwind of murder
Swooped up and swept on
To the low, reedy fen-lands,
The Marsh of the Swan.

On the lintels of Kansas
That blood shall not dry;
Henceforth the Bad Angel
Shall harmless go by;
Henceforth to the sunset,
Unchecked on her way,
Shall Liberty follow
The march of the day.

 
Erected 1888 by Marais Des Cygne Memorial Association.
 
Location. 38° 
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
2. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Closeup of Side 2 of Marker
 
15.121′ N, 94° 40.812′ W. Marker is in Trading Post, Kansas, in Linn County. Marker is on U.S. 69 0.1 miles south of Trading Post Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lacygne KS 66040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marais des Cygnes Massacre (within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds along the byway...auto, trucks and buses. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sounds along the byway...fur traders bringing their goods. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sounds along the roadway...soldiers on the move. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sounds along the byway...anxiety and anticipation in the creak of wagon wheels. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sounds from the past...hoof beats and heartbeats. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sounds of the byway...moccasins and tears. (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trading Post.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a 30 foot obelisk, which is the largest object in the Trading Post Cemetery.
 
Regarding Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial. Ad Astra per Aspera - To the Stars through Difficulties is the State Motto for Kansas.

The exerpt of the poem quoted is from the John Greenleaf Whittier Poem: "Le Marais du Cygne"
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
3. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Closeup of Side 3 of marker.
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Remembering the Marais des Cygne Massacre. This is an excellent source for the background of the victims, the history of the Massacre, and the creation of the monument. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. Le Marais Des Cygnes. A link to the full text of John Greenleaf Whittier's Poem on the Massacre. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Bleeding Kansas
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
4. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Closeup of Side 4 of Marker.
 
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
5. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Full shot of Marker facing east.
 
 
Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Onions, February 29, 2008
6. Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial Marker
Full Shot of marker facing west with the Cemetery in the Background.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,051 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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