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In Their Own Words

March 29, 1856

Account of Kansas Colonists Passing Through Atlanta

As fighting erupted in Kansas over the future of slavery in the territory that was soon to enter the Union, many pro-slavery partisans in southern states began emigrating to Kansas in an attempt to affect the outcome of the debate. Many of the Kansas-bound groups passed through Atlanta, where crowds would cheer them on, as evidenced by the following article in Atlanta’s Daily Intelligencer:

“Judging from the number of companies passing almost daily through our city on their way to Kansas, we doubt not that there will be a ‘smart sprinkling’ of Southerners in that interesting region before many weeks. On Saturday night a company of eighteen or twenty passed through Atlanta, and on Thursday we noticed another company of 41, all armed and equipped, going on their way rejoicing. They were from Charleston and other points in South Carolina. A company organized in this city is expected to leave in a few days.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 411.