Raid on Lawrence, Kansas

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Raid on Lawrence
Lawrence Massacre
Began:

August 21, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Douglas County, Kansas

Theater:

Trans-Mississippi Theater

Campaign:

Quantrill’s Raid into Kansas

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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No Union troops present;
civilians only

Quantrill’s Raiders

Commanders

No Union commander

William C. Quantrill
Lieutenant Colonel, CSA

Strength

300-400

Casualties

164

40

  

In a supposed retaliation for a Union raid on Osceola, Missouri, Lt. Col. William C. Quantrill led a force of about 300 to 400 partisans in an attack on the city of Lawrence, Kansas. His men killed civilians—men and boys—and destroyed many of the buildings. He held the town several hours and then withdrew. The “Lawrence Massacre” was, perhaps, the extreme example of the vicious Kansas-Missouri border warfare. (NPS summary)

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