“The burning of Lawrence, Kansas, and murder of its Citizens”

John M. Schofield (1831–1906). “Events in Missouri, 1863” journal, August 31, 1863, entry. John McAllister Schofield Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Received by telegraph first report from General Ewing of the burning of Lawrence, Kansas, and murder of its Citizens by Quantrill. Informs me that he has ordered all people to leave the border Counties within fifteen days, when he will move all forage and provisions from those counties.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.

“Sweeping all, like an avalanche”

Mary Ann Webster Loughborough (1836-1887). My Cave Life in Vicksburg. With Letters of Trial and Travel. By a Lady. New York: D. Appleton, 1864. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress