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Kansas Town Rich With Civil War History

By: AP, posted by Justin Surrency Email
By: AP, posted by Justin Surrency Email

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) _ Residents of a southeast Kansas town are working to bring more attention to a Civil War battle that is missing from most history books.

Almost 100 Union soldiers were massacred in October 1863 by William Quantrill's Confederate soldiers after a chance meeting near what is now Baxter Springs.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) the Union's leader, James Blunt, wasn't aware that Quantrill's men were nearby. Blunt's men were slaughtered, including band members and a newspaper correspondent, although Blunt escaped.

Baxter Springs historian Larry O'Neal says he hopes a planned three-day observation of the 150th birthday in October will restore the battle's place in history.

A living history encampment will be held Oct. 4-6 to commemorate the event, although with many other activities.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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