Bloody Dawn: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre

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Kent State University Press, 1992 - History - 216 pages
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On August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led 400 Confederate irregulars to a rise on the outskirts of Lawrence, Kansas. For two years, the 3,000 inhabitants of this prosperous frontier community had managed to escape the Civil War which raged in the East. At Quantrill's command, the horrors of that war were brought directly into their homes. The attack began at dawn. When it was over, more than 150 townsmen were dead and most of the settlement burned to the ground.

In Bloody Dawn, Thomas Goodrich considers why this remote settlement was signaled out to receive such brutal treatment. He also describes the retribution that soon followed, which in many ways surpassed the significance of the Lawrence Massacre itself. The story that unfolds reveals an event unlike anything our nation has experienced before or since.

 

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In the early morning of August 21, 1863 four hundred horsemen rode into the undefended town of Lawrence, Kansas. By the time they left, four hours later, over 150 men and boys had been murdered, the ... Read full review

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For many, the Civil War was a struggle between North and South; however for the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, the Civil War was a struggle of East and West. In 1856, when John Brown killed five ... Read full review

Contents

OLD SCORES
1
THE DEAD MEN
9
THE LIVE MAN
18
THE DARKEST HOUR
30
THE FAIREST CITY
46
VENGEANCE IN MY HEART
66
DEATH IN MY HAND
84
THE HEATHEN ARE COME
123
THE CHASE
133
THIS SAVAGE WAR
150
WHEN PATHS JOIN
173
NOTES
187
BIBLIOGRAPHY
199
INDEX
203
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