#QR1863 The Watkins Community Museum, administrated by the Douglas County Historical Society, encourages civic engagement by supporting the research and interpretation of county history through active exhibits and thought-provoking educational programs.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, served from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln was president during the Civil War and was elected based on his unwillingness to expand slavery. In 1863, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in Confederate states. He was reelected in 1864, but was assassinated at Ford's Theater April 14, 1965, just days after the war's end. (Lawrence Thornton/Getty Images)
Charity McCorkle Kerr and Nannie Harris, relatives of William Quantrill's men. Killed in 1863 in the jail collapse. The jail was intentionally weakened by Union soldiers in many reports and collapsed; this killed 6 ladies,(all under the age of 20) and paralyzed a few more. Along with theft, murder of innocent civilians, torture by hanging, and many other atrocites daily perpetrated by Yankee soldiers intent on revenge, Quantrill finally realized the raid into Lawrence was necessary.
William Clarke Quantrill (July 31, 1837 – June 6, 1865), was a Confederate guerrilla leader during the American Civil War. Quantrill led a Confederate bushwhacker unit along the Missouri-Kansas border in the early 1860s, including the infamous raid and sacking of Lawrence in 1863.
Photo: A painting depicts Quantrill's raid on Lawrence. A painting depicts Quantrill's raid on Lawrence. Quantrill and a band of men had been meeting in the hills southeast of Kansas City and making forays into Kansas. Quantrill attacked Olathe one night and stole considerable property. One person was killed. Most of the raids were for plunder, but the raid on Lawrence on Aug. 21, 1863, according to the Rev. Richard Cordley, was deliberately for slaughter.
On This Day in History, August 21, 1863: William Quantrill's band of guerillas attacked Lawrence, Kansas and killed 180 men and boys. Pictured c. 1913 are widows and other survivors who came together 50 years later to honor anniversary of the event.
OX2ZT5V :: Quantrill's Attack on Shawneetown @ www.opencaching.c... William Quantrill Raids Lawrence, Kansas, 1863 One of the most vicious attacks of the American Civil War. ... William Quantrill came to Kansas in 1859 and found employment as a school teacher. @ www.eyewitnesstoh...