"Quantrill's Raid" on Lawrence

Friday, August 21, 1863

Illustration of Quantrill and his men raiding Lawrence, originally published in Harper's Weekly. Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

William Clarke Quantrill, a feared Missouri bushwhacker, leads a guerrilla force of about 400 men in a destructive surprise raid on the Free-State bastion of Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrill’s men kill between 160-190 men and boys and destroy about 185 buildings, causing about $1.5 million of property damage. Quantrill’s forces soon cross back to Cass County, Missouri, escaping Kansas federal troops led by General James H. Lane.


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