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Kansas -- History
Floyd C Shoemaker
George W Martin
"Out of the Ashes"
Article on the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on the town of Lawrence, Kansas and its residents. Following the August 21, 1863 attack in which almost 200 men and boys were killed, surviors of the raid struggled...
''Better off in Hell'': The Evolution of the Kansas Red Legs
May 1, 2002
Comprehensive 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,...
''Labouring For the Freedom of This Territory'': Free-State Kansas Women in the 1850s
Article about the hardships of Kansas women in the border warfare era of the 1850s, with few rights and fighting on the side of anti-slavery.
''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
July 1, 1984
Willard Hall Mendenhall began his diary on January 1, 1862 and maintained it into 1864 writing over 780 entries in four diaries. He lived a short distance from Lexington, Missouri in Layafette County....
''Look Out For Hell Some Place Soon'' The 2nd Colorado Cavalry in Missouri, February-September, 1864
From February to September of 1864, the 2nd Colorado Cavalry was assigned to patrol Bates, Cass, and Jackson Counties, Missouri, areas ravaged by Order Number 11. This article examines the reasons for...
''This Regiment Will Make a Mark'': Letters From a Member of Jennison's Jayhawkers, 1861-1862
Photos, illustration, and article about "the men of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and their commander Colonel Charles Rainsford Jennison," or Charles Jennison, called collectively Jennison's Jayhawkers in...
A "Fiend in Human Shape"?
Critique of Quantrill's biographies and biographers, with descriptions of related historic figures such as William "Bloody Bill" Anderson and John N. Edwards.
A Bibliographical Note on the Civil War in the West
Bibliography with some notes on materials available about the Civil War west of the Mississippi River.
A Bit of Weston, Missouri, History
Photo, illustration, and second in a series of articles about the history of Weston, Missouri (north of Kansas City) and its border warfare days.
A Border Blunder
Article describes the border warfare between pro-Union, abolitionist "Jayhawkers" from Kansas and Confederate "Bushwhackers" from Missouri during the Civil War. On August 25, 1863, four days after the...
A Chronology: The Struggle Against Slavery in Wyandotte County
Overview of the anti-slavery movement in Wyandotte County during the Territorial "Bleeding Kansas" era. The chronology spans from 1818 to 1861.
A Footnote to the Pottawatomie Massacre, 1856
Five pro-slavery settlers were killed at the Pottawatomie Massacre, May 24, 1856. They were: James P. Doyle and his two sons William and Drury, Allen Wilkinson and William Sherman. Allen Wilkinson was...
A Fragment of Early Kansas History
Article about the history of early Kansas with description of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Horace Greeley's book ("American Conflict" volume 1, page 235) description of Kansas Territory, and involvement with...
A Look at Early Lawrence: Letters From Robert Gaston Elliott
Robert Gaston Elliott came to Lawrence, Kansas Territory in 1854 and established the Kansas Free State newspaper which was opposed to the introduction of slavery into the territory. He was born in Union...
A Panoramic View of the "Lost" Townships
References and short descriptions of the depopulating effects on Jackson County, Missouri, of Order Number 11 in 1863, especially affecting rural residents, mostly Southern sympathizers at the time.
A Southern Family on the Missouri Frontier: Letters from Independence, 1843-1855
Extensive article that collects excerpts from the letters of Samuel Ralston (1809-1899), an Irish immigrant to North Carolina moving to western Missouri. It gives information on various subjects in the...
A True Story of the Border War
Reprint from the Monroe County Appeal newspaper of Paris, Missouri, from April 1921 about the author's experience as a Missouri militia member defending the area of New Santa Fe, Missouri, (south of Westport)...
A Vest-Pocket Geography
Illustrated map and description of the history of different regions of Missouri, including the Kansas City area as "the jumping-off place of the Oregon Trail" and the Santa Fe Trail and "unofficial starting...
A War On Civilians: Order Number 11 and the Evacuation of Western Missouri
Article details the history of the Civil War strife along the Missouri and Kansas border. Order Number 11 issued by the Union forces led nearly twenty thousand people to abandon their homes in the Missouri...
A Witness of the Times
Description of various existing landmarks of Territorial Kansas.
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