A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865

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XI
The Great Raid

MILITARILY, the situation in Kansas during the spring and summer of 1864, following Curtis' assumption of command, was relatively quiet. Steele's Arkansas campaign kept the Confederates fully occupied in that quarter, and in the Indian Territory Stand Watie's rebel Indians posed no appreciable threat. The bushwhackers, on the other hand, centered their activities along the north side of the Missouri River and east of Kansas City. As in previous years Union grand strategy called for a strictly defensive policy in the Trans-Missisippi. "West of the Missisippi," wrote Grant to Halleck in June, "I would not attempt anything until the rebellion east of it is entirely subdued." In the meantime all available troops would be concentrated in Virginia and Georgia.1

Then, with the coming of autumn, full-scale warfare again erupted in Missouri. On September 19 a Confederate army of 12,000 cavalry moved northward from Arkansas. In command was Sterling Price, and with him were the hard-riding Missourians of Shelby and Marmaduke and the Arkansas troops of General James Fagan. Price was determined to make one final effort for the Confederate cause in Missouri. His plan was to

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OR, ser. I, XXXIV, pt. 4, 515.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • I- The New State 1
  • II- The Political Gallery 17
  • III- The Jayhawkers 37
  • IV- The Triumph of Lane 65
  • V- King Lane and General Blunt 86
  • IV- The Bushwhackers 102
  • VII- Lawrence 124
  • VIII- Order No. 11 142
  • IX- The Tribulations of General Blunt 154
  • X- Lane Embattled 166
  • XI- The Great Raid 184
  • XII- Wartime Kansas 203
  • XIII- The End of the War 225
  • Bibliography 233
  • Index 247
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