In the fall and winter of 1855 Missourians fighting for Kansas to be a slave state blockaded Lawrence, resulting in a shortage of supplies and ammunition. There were several unsuccessful attempts to “run the blockade,” which resulted in the deaths of several male would-be blockade runners. Mrs. George Brown (wife of the editor of the “Herald of Freedom”) and Mrs. Sam Wood crossed the line and obtained lead, powder, caps and other weapon supplies and returned. The Missourians stopped them, but passed them on without a search. See www.windingriver.com article by Harold Dellinger.