Last week, the New York Times’ Disunion blog touched on the 150th anniversary of the Lawrence Massacre. While many think of battlefields like Gettysburg and Antietam when they think of the Civil War, it played out differently in Missouri and Kansas.
Both states saw extreme levels of violence among their populations. Missouri faced its own civil war, as it was split between Union loyalists and Confederate sympathizers, but remained under federal control for the duration of the conflict.
Two years ago, the Wepner Symposium featured a couple talks on these states and how they were affected by the Civil War and Lincoln’s actions as president. Doug Nehring touched on how Lincoln handled the secession crisis in Missouri, while Richard Lawrence Miller looked at the use of mercenaries in Kansas. (Unfortunately, we only have a digital copy of Nehring’s paper in our archives.)
For more on the Lawrence Massacre, here is an article from a 1968 issue of the Kansas Historical Quarterly.