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Catalyst for Terror: The Collapse of the Women's Prison in Kansas City
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TitleCatalyst for Terror: The Collapse of the Women's Prison in Kansas City
AbstractThe prison collapse is described as "one of the most fascinating but mysterious events of the Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas border" on August 13, 1863. Relates the story of the collapse of the women's prison building called the Metropolitan Block of McGee's Addition at 1425 Grand. Ten women were held in the building, many being related to local guerrillas in the area who rode with William Quantrill. Four of the women died as a result of the accident. Incident thought to have been connected to Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, a few days later.
NotesWomen listed in the article in the building at time of collapse: Charity Kerr (died); Nancy "Nannie" Harris McCorkle; Sue Mundy; Mattie Munday; Josephine Anderson (died); Mollie Anderson; Janie Anderson (all sisters of Bloody Bill Anderson); Armenia Crawford Selvey (died); Susan Crawford Vandever (died) and Mollie Grindstaff. A copy of the article can also be found in the vertical file: Civil War--Missouri--Kansas City.
AuthorCharles F. Harris
DateApril 1, 1995
SourceMissouri Historical Review
LocationPeriodical
Volume89
Number3
Page290-306
Local SubjectPrisons
Civil War
Border Warfare
McCorkle, Nancy Harris
Kerr, Charity McCorkle
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID96394
CONTENTdm number11677
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