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''Better off in Hell'': The Evolution of the Kansas Red Legs
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Title''Better off in Hell'': The Evolution of the Kansas Red Legs
AbstractComprehensive article covering the various border warfare groups along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. Includes names as Jim Lane, Charles Jennison, William S. Tough, John L. "Jack" Bridges, George H. Hoyt, James G. Blunt, etc. Gives the explanation for the term Red Legs also sometimes referred to as Jayhawkers. Includes photos of many of the mentioned men as well as numerous notes.
NotesDuring a Jennison raid in Jackson County and Independence, Jennison's right hand man Joseph P. Swain "was immediately taken with a pile of red-dyed sheepskins that occupied one of the cobbler's shelves, which Duke [Joseph P. Duke] used as a decorative topping for the high boots he made. Jennison's men immediately appropriated the red sheepskins, and fashioned them into pairs of leggings."
AuthorKip Lindberg
Matt Matthews
DateMay 1, 2002
SourceNorth and South
Local SubjectBorder Warfare
Civil War
Lane, James H. (Jim)
Jennison, Charles R.
Item TypeMagazine Article
Access This ItemThis document is not available online. You may come to the Missouri Valley Room to view it or request a photocopy from the Library's Document Delivery service. https://www.kclibrary.org/services/copy-requests
Item ID123948
CONTENTdm number19285
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