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By Jay Monaghan

The writer permits a brand new examine Quantrill's sacking of Lawrence, prepared bushwhackery, and border battles that rate hundreds of thousands of lives. now not the least worthy are chapters at the American Indians' half within the clash. The checklist turns into devastatingly transparent: the battling within the West was once the most harsh and so much lifeless of the total affair, and if males of imaginative and prescient have been in Washington within the 1850s it may possibly were kept away from.

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Lane had just issued a formal Thanksgiving proclamation in the name of the Topeka government, and the crowd felt confident of protection under its authority.  Sam Wood spoke out against this, but after dark three homes crackled up in flames.  Time had come to assert proslavery authority in the Lawrence free­state community!  Jones swore furious retaliation against them all, including the radical town of Lawrence, and clattered off in the dark.  He would dress and be present.  If any violence occurred, let the Missourians be the aggressors.

Certainly, if Lane did come to Kansas at Pierce's order, to double­cross the governor, Reeder did not know it.  The first settlers had arrived on Christmas Day, 1854, having braved the winter weather that stopped most emigrants.  The snow had drifted twenty feet deep at Pawnee, but the settlers had survived by pitching their tents in a gulch out of the wind.  Already tired and disgruntled from the overland trip, angry with Reeder for pronouncing some of their election returns fraudulent, they planned to retaliate against the governor at once.

Clarke, leader of the patrol, was always blamed for the killing.  The womenfolk comforted themselves with the hope that the animal had got loose in town, but before dark the men came and took them all to Lawrence, where Barber's body was laid out.  He could not help noticing that these rowdies were Missourians, assembled to fight Kansans.  Here was a diplomatic mission more delicate than anything he had attempted as minister to Mexico!  These New Englanders built magnificently.  The governor asked Robinson and Lane to accompany him, under a flag of truce, to the enemy lines and tell the men there what they had told him.

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