- Feb 25, 2006
The Danites had no connection to the Mormons. General James Henry Lane was one of the leaders of the Danites. Too bad there isn't much in public about them. They seem very interesting from what I've read. An abolitionist "Jayhawker" secret society, supposedly the first of its kind. So I had to give them a little shout out, especially since Brown did make contact with them so they were apparently known to certain people at the time. Even if it's only like 2 or 3 short sentences. It's the stuff that Hollywood or some alt-history writer would seemingly be fascinated with.
Strange; I'm much more familiar with the Mormon Danites, and this is the first time I've heard that name used in connection with Bleeding Kansas. Another little-known facet of history for me to investigate more when I have the time, I guess.