A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861-1865

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Lane Embattled
IN spite of the appointment of Curtis to command in Kansas, the early weeks of 1864 found Lane's political prospects in serious jeopardy. His popularity was badly impaired, most of the state press was hostile to him, and the newly elected legislature was "largely anti-Lane." Five main factors were responsible for the decline in his fortunes.
1. There was widespread and intense anger over the naming, in October, 1863, of Lane's political crony, Mark Delahay, to the important post of United States District Judge for Kansas and Nebraska. Especially offended were numerous "brilliant and ambitious" lawyers, who not unjustly thought that they were better qualified for the position than Delahay. Even stanch proLane men were inclined to agree with Sol Miller that the "only bench Delahay is suited for is one with a hole in it."1
2. Feeling was particularly strong in the border counties that Lane was responsible for the Lawrence Massacre because of his interference with Carney's efforts to raise a home guard
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Hawkins Taylor, "My Year in Kansas," Topeka Commonwealth, December 4, 1886; Charles Robinson to Mrs. Robinson, December 27, 1863, Robinson Papers, KSHS; Troy Kansas Chief, February 7, 1889; Speer, Life of Lane,pp. 244-245; H. Griswold to S. N. Wood, October 9, 1863, Wood Papers; White Cloud Kansas Chief, October 19, 1863.

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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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