A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865

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III
The Jayhawkers

THE last territorial Governor of Kansas, George M. Beebe, proposed shortly before the achievement of statehood that if the nation were rent asunder by civil war Kansas should espouse neither the North nor the South, but instead "establish, under a Constitution of her own creation, a Government to be separate and independent among the Nations."1 Kansans greeted Beebe's recommendation with scorn and derision. The origin, nature, and politics of the overwhelming majority of its citizens assured that Kansas would side with the North in a sectional conflict. The only major disagreement in the state concerning the secession crisis during the winter and spring of 1861 was over the best method of coping with it. The radical Republicans opposed making any concessions to the South whatsoever; the conservatives, more in harmony with their party nationally, were willing to support a "reasonable" compromise, although they were against any concession on the slavery-expansion issue.2 Kansas

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1
Wilder, Annals, p. 308.
2
Kansas State Record ( Topeka), January 17, 1861; Leavenworth Daily Times, January 31, 1861; Lawrence Republican, February 14, 1861; Leavenworth Daily Conservative, February 13, March 7, 1861; Kansas State Journal ( Lawrence), February 21, 1861; Freedom's Champion (Atchison), February 2, March 2, April 20, 1861.

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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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