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Massachusetts Arms Belt Revolver

Massachusetts Arms Belt Revolver

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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
Other Terms
revolver; Firearms; Tape Prime;.31 In; Rifled; Sa
associated person
Brown, John
Massachusetts Arms Company
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
United States: Kansas
United States: Nebraska
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
wood (part material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 12 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 30.48 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Allen H. Johness, Jr.
Kansas Struggle
Expansion and Reform
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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