Frederick Brown

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Frederick Brown

Birthplace: Richmond, Pennsylvania
Death: Died in Ossawatomie, Kansas
Immediate Family:

Son of John Brown (Abolitionist) and Dianthe Brown
Brother of John Brown, Jr.; Ruth Thompson; Jason Brown; Owen Brown; Frederick Brown and 2 others
Half brother of Watson Brown; Salmon Brown; Anne "Annie" Brown Adams; Sarah Brown; Charles Brown and 7 others

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About Frederick Brown

The son of abolitionist John Brown, Frederick took an active part in the Pottawatomie Massacre in which five pro-slavery settlers were hacked to death in Kansas in 1856.

Frederick was one of five men who died at the Battle of Osawatomie in 1856 while fighting to end slavery. He and three other soldiers are buried beneath the monument.

The Battle of Osawatomie took place on August 30, 1856 when 250-300 Border Ruffians led by John W. Reid and Rev. Marvin White attacked the city of Osawatomie. John W. Reid was intent on destroying free state settlements and then moving on to Topeka and Lawrence to do more of the same. John Brown first got word that the group was coming when they shot his son Frederick. Brown with forty or so men tried to defend the town against the pro-slavery partisans, causing heavy casualties before being forced to withdraw; the town of Osawatomie was then looted and burned. This was one event in series of skirmishes between abolitionists and pro-slavery Missourians in what has been known as Bleeding Kansas.

Soldiers Monument

The Soldiers Monument, dedicated August 30, 1877, was paid for by friends and relatives to commemorate those who died in the battle of Osawatomie. The names of the deceased listed on it are Fredrick Brown, George W. Partridge, David Garrison, Theron Parker Powers, and Charles Kaiser. All of these men (except Charles Kaiser) are buried beneath the monument. John Brown's name also appears on the monument, but he is buried in North Elba, New York.

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Frederick Brown's Timeline

December 31, 1830
Richmond, Pennsylvania
August 20, 1856
Age 25
Ossawatomie, Kansas