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This collection consists of official letters to and from James Denver during his military service in the Mexican-American War, as well as personal letters to Denver's brother Arthur of Platte City, Missouri; his sister Elizabeth A. Johns of Wilmington, Ohio; and his wife Louise Catherine Denver of Wilmington, OH. These latter letters were written while he was serving as governor of the Kansas Territory.
This is an account of the artillery piece originally captured by Col. Alexander Doniphan during the Mexican War. The cannon is reputed to have "fired the first shot" against slavery as well as in support of the cause. It is now on permanent deposit with the Douglas County Historical Society, Lawrence, Kansas.