John Brown pinback button. Caption "Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Battle of Osawatomie" surrounds illustration of battle scene below which appears a portrait of John Brown flanked by banners with the abolitionist's name, the date of the confrontation, August 30, 1856, and year of the commemorative celebration, 1906. Back paper with identification "Buttons Made by / The Whitehead & Hoag Co. / Newark, N.J., U.S.A." circa 1906. Diam.: 1.5 in.
The Battle of Osawatomie was an engagement involving pro-slavery forces led by John W. Reid and Free-State abolitionists led by John Brown during the Bleeding Kansas era. On August 30, 1856, Reid and his men attacked the settlement of Osawatomie, Kansas, killing John Brown's son and destroying the town in the process. Despite the losses suffered by the abolitionists during this violent clash, the Battle of Osawatomie served to heighten Brown's reputation as a formidable anti-slavery figure earning him the moniker "Osawatomie Brown." A scarce pinback button produced to commemorate this pivotal event.
Image in good condition. Overall toning and some soil on back paper. Very minor oxidation to edges.
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