Friday, February 22, 2013

Kansas Civil War History on Route 66

From the Feb. 17, 2013 "Kansas Town Rich With Civil War History" AP

Southeast Kansas is usually overlooked when it comes to the Civil War, and especially that little thirteen mile section of the Mother Road going through that part,  but there was a notable battle where about 100 Union soldiers were massacred in October 1863 by guerrillas under William Quantrill.

The union commander, James Blunt was not aware that Quantrill's men were in the area.  The story also has racial overtones.

The town it took place in is called Baxter Springs and there will be a three-day observation planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Baxter Springs. 

I'm Thinking About It.  Nothing Like Cruising 66 Past That Marsh Bridge and Getting Some Civil War At the Same Time.  --Old Secesh

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