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Battle of Black Jack
Part of Bleeding Kansas
Battle of Black Jack-Surrender Point.JPG
A sign showing the surrender point of Henry Pate on the Black Jack Battle site.
Date June 2, 1856 (1856-06-02)
Palmyra Township, Douglas County, Kansas, near Baldwin City, Kansas
Result Free-Stater victory
Free-State Abolitionists Slave State
Commanders and leaders
John Brown Henry C. Pate
30 ~30
Casualties and losses
unknown 23 prisoners
Black Jack Battlefield
Battle of Black Jack is located in Kansas
Battle of Black Jack
Location in Kansas
Battle of Black Jack is located in the United States
Battle of Black Jack
Location in the United States
Location near Baldwin City, Kansas
Area 59 acres (24 ha)
NRHP reference No. 04000365 (original)
04001373 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 28, 2004
Boundary increase June 6, 2005
Designated NHL October 16, 2012

The Battle of Black Jack happened on June 2, 1856, when anti-slavery people, led by abolitionist John Brown, attacked the camp of Henry C. Pate near Baldwin City, Kansas. The battle is one event of "Bleeding Kansas," and it was part of the lead up to the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865.

In 2012 the National Park Service designated the battlefield a National Historic Landmark.

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