Quantrill’s Raiders

While in Lawrence, Kansas, I enjoyed staying at Denny’s house.   I love her beautiful and hilarious dog, Zoe.

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Denny and I went on a guided tour of Lawrence that focuses on the events related to Quantrill’s Raiders.  For an account of this historic event, click here.

The tour was just a matter of following directions on a leaflet and driving around to various homes and plaques related to the incident.  It was very informative and interesting.  Here are some of the sights we saw.  A pastor was killed while milking a cow in a barn near this home:

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A child hid out in the cupola of this beautiful home.

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Here is one of the many plaques related to the incident on August 21, 1863.

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The owner of this beautiful home was also one of the victims.

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Quantrill’s Raiders massacred over 150 people on that sad day in Lawrence.  80 women were widowed and 250 children were left fatherless.  My great-great-grandmother’s cousin, Pollard Carnahan, was a member of the 9th Kansas Voluntary Cavalry, the group that chased the raiders and captured some of them later.  Here is a photo of Pollard Carnahan, which is in the Kansas State Hall of Fame:

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When I was in Lawrence a few years ago, Denny and I visited the cemetery where many of the victims are buried. Here are some photos of the graves:

Chester Hay — 28 years.

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Louis Swan — 31 years.IMG_2963_500

George W. Coat — 28 years.IMG_2965_500

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