A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865

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King Lane and General Blunt

ONCE more the indefatigable Senator Lane was back in Kansas. He came this time not as a general, but as "commissioner for recruiting in the Department of Kansas." He opened up an "office of recruiting" in Leavenworth on August 4 and that night held a "Great War Meeting" in front of the Planters' House. The theme of his speech was that the state was in imminent danger of Confederate invasion, that it could not expect help from the Federal Government, and that it thus would have to rely upon its own men and resources for defense. General Blunt followed Lane to the platform and asserted that the state would soon be overrun by forty or fifty thousand Confederates from Arkansas and Texas if its male inhabitants did not hasten to enlist in the regiments being recruited by Commissioner Lane. Marcus Parrott injected a disharmonious note, however. He scoffed at the idea of the state being in danger and commented on how remarkable it was that a certain "illustrious military personage" always "arrived here at the very moment of peril." But before he could say more he was shouted down with cries of "Traitor!" and "Secesh!" from Lane's friends--most of whom

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A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865
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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