A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865

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I
The New State

"THE LONG AGONY" was over: Kansas, as of January 29, 1861, was a state--it had "moved to America." In Leavenworth, Lawrence, Topeka, and other towns Kansans celebrated the tiglorious news" of the coming of statehood in a "fury of excitement." Cannons boomed, cheering crowds gathered on the street corners, a judge and a militia general stood on their heads, and the saloons were scenes of inebriated revelry. A few despondent officeholders in the now defunct territorial government at Lawrence were the only exceptions to the general jubilation. "Damn it," exclaimed one of them, "Kansas ought not to have been admitted for ten years!"1

The way of Kansas to the stars had been difficult--or at least so the state motto, Ad astra per aspera, was to declare, and so Kansans believed. For over six years, ever since Kansas was opened up as a territory by Stephen A. Douglas' Kansas-Nebraska Bill

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Leavenworth Daily Times, January 30, 1861; Elwood Free Press, February 2, 1861; Lawrence Republican, January 31, 1861; Topeka Tribune, February 2, 1861; Emporia News, February 2, 1861; Oskaloosa Independent, February 6, 1861. The Kansas Statehood Bill passed Congress on January 28, 1861, and was signed by President Buchanan the following day. Owing to an oversight it was not ratified by the Kansas legislature until January 23, 1862.

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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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