From the Inside Flap
The Lawrence raid is one of the bloodiest-and more misunderstood-campaigns of the Civil War. Catalyzed by the murder of five young women who were related to members of his ranger company, Col. William Clarke Quantrill attacked Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 1863. Though the full truth behind the raid has frequently been omitted from history, Quantrill at Lawrence: The Untold Story dissolves the legacy of lies.
Including testimony from the victims and the raiders, this comprehensive volume provides a firsthand account of what happened during the clash on the Missouri-Kansas border. Chapters scrutinize the causes behind the raid-explaining the reasons why Quantrill felt justified in attacking Lawrence-and pinpoint the men who were responsible for the bloodshed. In addition to describing the precautions taken before the skirmish, sections detail the hours during the attack and consequences that followed.
Paul R. Petersen also introduces such historical figures as Capt. George Todd, Col. John D. Holt, and Lt. James L. Bledsoe and defines their roles in the raid. In addition to maps, photographs provide a visual reference for the reader. Quantrill at Lawrence describes the temper of the time and the hatred brewing between Kansas and Missouri, bringing a culmination of events into clear focus.
From the Back Cover
"This very well documented narrative by Mr. Petersen is the best account of what led up to and what occurred at the Lawrence, Kansas, raid that I've ever encountered."
-Duncan Hansen, author, A Reunion in Death
"Petersen's well documented accounting of the times . . . sheds an enlightened view of what happened and why for the first time."
-James C. Sterling, professor and Missouri Community Newspaper Management chair, Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri
"Paul Petersen in Quantrill at Lawrence orchestrates a mountain of data concerning the assaults committed by Kansans into Missouri from 1858 to 1861 during which farms and plantations in western Missouri were looted and burned to the ground; many of the people raped, tortured, and killed; and finally nearly all banished from three Missouri border counties. Petersen methodically explains the sacking of Lawrence, and his book will remain long a largely incontrovertible indictment of the Jayhawkers."
-Donald L. Gilmore, author, Riding Vengeance with the James Gang