John Henry Vansickle papers
This collection consists of letters describing incidents of the border raids during the Kansas Territory-Missouri border wars just before the United States' Civil War in detail, including references to John Brown, William Quantrill, Jim Montgomery, and Fort Scott. The collection also includes a deed to land in McLean County, Illinois owned by Vansickle.
- 1858 - 1863
- Vansickle, John Henry (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of John Henry Vansickle
Vansickle was a settler in Bourbon County, Kansas Territory near Xenia. He farmed and ran a dry goods store. He joined the 3d regiment of the 1st Kansas brigade, Company K in 1862. He was killed arresting a thief in 1863. [An account of his death is given in Robley's History of Bourbon County, with 1862 given as year of death.]
3 folders (2 folders + 1 oversize folder) ; Oversize folder measures 39x49 cm.
Scope and Contents
The letters relate incidents of the border raids in detail, including references to John Brown, William Clark Quantrill, Jim Montgomery and Fort Scott. Vansickle also gives descriptions of the land, crops, business, prices, health, and weather, and mentions the drought of 1860, as well as the locusts and measles in 1862. After his death, his wife wrote a few letters to his family giving details of his death and funeral.
A supplemental deed to land in McLean County, Illinois, made to replace a missing deed mentioned in the letters, has been physically separated and is available at RH MS Q12.
RH MS P170
RH MS Q12
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, source unknown.
- Guide to the John Henry Vansickle Collection
- John Henry Vansickle papers
- Finding aid prepared by kpz, 26 March 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
John Henry Vansickle papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P170, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas