Quantrill Attacks Fort Blair

Tuesday, October 6, 1863

Monument commemorating the casualties of Quantrill's attack on Fort Blair in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Fresh off his infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas, William Clarke Quantrill leads his force of 400 bushwhackers against the earth-and-log structure of Fort Blair, outside of Baxter Springs, Kansas. Major General James G. Blunt arrives to intercept Quantrill but mistakes Quantrill's men (many of whom are wearing blue coats) for Union soldiers. Blunt escapes, but 100 federal soldiers are killed. 


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