Massachusetts Arms Belt Revolver

Description
United States "Belt Revolver" .31 caliber with Maynard primer.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two states to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown bought 2,000 of these revolvers and sent them to Kansas for the “Free-Soilers.” New England abolitionists helped bankroll “Free-Soilers” to move to the settlement of Lawrence, Kansas. In 1856, after abolitionists were attacked in Lawrence, John Brown led a raid on scattered cabins along the Pottawatomie Creek, killing five people. Kansas would not become a state until 1861, after the Confederate states seceded.
Object Name
revolver
licensee
Leavitt
Wesson
associated person
Brown, John
maker
Massachusetts Arms Company
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
wood (part material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/2 in x 12 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 30.48 cm x 3.81 cm
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
used
United States: Kansas
United States: Nebraska
ID Number
1982.0723.01
accession number
1982.0723
catalog number
1982.0723.01
subject
Firearms
related event
Kansas Struggle
Expansion and Reform
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Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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