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In Lawrence, Kansas, Confederate guerrillas destroy the town and murder hundreds of residents

Confederate partisan attack on Lawrence, Kansas, August 21 1863, artist's impression, further detail
08/21/1863
At dawn, between two and three hundred Confederate guerrillas under William Quantrill rode into Lawrence, Kansas.  For the next four hours, Quantrill's men sought out male citizens and murdered up to two hundred of them in cold blood.  They then sacked and fired the business district.  The attackers claimed retaliation for an prior Union attack, but the atrocity also reflected the earlier years of violence in "Bleeding Kansas."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Albert E. Castel, William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962), 126-134. 
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