Near Netawaka in Jackson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of the Spurs
Just before Christmas, 1858, John Brown "liberated" eleven slaves in Missouri. He hid them in a covered wagon and circled north on the underground railway toward Nebraska and freedom. En route a Negro baby was born. Late in January they reached Albert Fuller's cabin on Straight creek, a mile and a half south of this marker. Here a Federal posse barred their way. Both sides sent for reinforcements. Help for Brown arrived first, Topeka abolitionists leaving in the midst of Sunday church.
Declaring he would not be turned "from the path of the Lord," Brown, though still outnumbered, crossed the creek in spite of high water and the enemy entrenched on the other side. Demoralized by his audacity, the posse mounted and spurred away -- thus giving a name to the bloodless battle. This was Brown's exit from Kansas. In December, 1859, he was hanged for his treasonable attack at Harper's Ferry.
This sign marks the site of Eureka, a trading center on the Parallel Road which ran from Atchison to the Pike's Peak gold fields.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° Touch for map. Marker is about 2.5 miles south of Netawaka. Marker is in this post office area: Netawaka KS 66516, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wetmore Calaboose (approx. 6.3 miles away); Don Clarence Rising (approx. 6.5 miles away); Jackson County Courthouse Horse Water Trough (approx. 7 miles away); Fort Jim Lane (approx. 7 miles away); Edward D. Holton (approx. 7 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away); Company E, 137th Infantry Regt, 35th Infantry Div (approx. 7.1 miles away); Livestock Water Trough (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of the Spurs and John Brown's Exit from Kansas. (Submitted on March 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Territorial Kansas. (Submitted on March 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.