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Quantrill’s Revenge: A Comprehensive Tour Guide to William C. Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence, Kansas

By James C. Edwards (Author), Dick Titterington (Author) and Dr. Tony R. Mullis (Foreward) 

In August 1863, guerrilla chieftain William C. Quantrill led around 400 Missouri guerrillas deep into Kansas to attack Lawrence, “the great hot-bed of abolitionism in Kansas.” Over a four-day period, Quantrill led his men over 90 miles from Johnson County, Missouri, to Lawrence where they burned much of the town and killed over 150 townsmen. After spending 4 hours in Lawrence, Quantrill took an 80 mile route back into Missouri, skirmishing with Union cavalry along the way. This tour guide contains 49 tour stops and follows the route taken by Quantrill’s guerrillas during their 1863 raid on Lawrence, Kansas. The tour begins in Johnson County, Missouri and goes west through Jackson and Cass Counties, Missouri, to the Kansas state line. The tour enters Kansas just north of the boundary between Johnson and Miami Counties, Kansas, and continues heading northwest through Johnson and Douglas Counties, Kansas, on the way to Lawrence. As you might expect, most of the tour stops are located in Lawrence, Kansas. After Lawrence there are a number of tour stops following the route taken by Quantrill’s guerrillas on their way back to Missouri as they were pursued by Federal troops. Altogether the tour covers a distance of approximately 175 miles from start to finish. Order Here!

Check out this GREAT review from Vincent P. Crow over on Amazon in regards to Quantrill’s Revenge


“I received my copy of this book yesterday in the mail. I have not been able to set the book down. <grinning> This is an excellent read. Objective and non-biased, this book describes the timeline and events of the Missouri’s payback raid on Lawrence, KS. The book is filled with photographs of the locations & peoples along the route. Contrary to pro-union history revisionists, Lawrence was not a town of helpless victims. Lawrence was guarded by federal soldiers encamped around the town. The jayhawker men were formed into militia. There was a 12-pound cannon defending the main road into town. There was also a line of federal soldiers forts along the Border, separating Missouri & Kansas. Despite these things, Missourians effected a complete surprise guerrilla attack on that August morning. Interesting is the fact that the federals knew Quantrill’s men were in-State, but did not warn Lawrence. Conspiracy folks have argued the federals intentionally did not warn Lawrence, letting the guerrillas do their worst, thereby “justifying” the draconian actions taken by the federals and jayhawkers against non-combatant civilians in Missouri. There is no legitimate evidence of this. The simple answer is the most likely: Kansans failed to be diligent in their defenses and paid the price of payback. “Quantrill’s Revenge”, by James Christopher Edwards and Dick Titterington is an excellent read and a welcome addition to my Border library.”
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