Jayhawkers Vs Bushwackers

by Daniel Russ on October 13, 2015

QuantrillWilliam Quantrill, Confederate Guerilla


The border between Kansas and Missouri was in large part, an amorphous no mans land in the years just before the American Civil War. As the diametrically opposed sides of the of the issue of slavery burned effulgent in the hearts of the young republic, the territory of Kansas became a venue for a proxy war fought by Pro Slavery forces in Missouri and the South and the abolitionist “Freesoilers” from the North. About three quarters of the population of Missouri was pro slavery and they strongly felt they should be able to bring their property to any territory they settle. So they made a mad rush   into the territory to lay claim to land, and fix elections. There were two kinds of street action committees: the Missouri Pro Slavery Bushwackers and the Abolitionist Jayhawkers.

The Jayhawkers sided with the Union Forces and the Bushwackers, although loyal to the Confederacy, preferred to form their own militia. William Quantrill, one such Bushwacker created Quantriller’s Raiders. In Lawrence, Kansas in August of 1863, the Quantrill Raiders dragged 183 men, from ages 14 to 90 out of their homes in Lawrence, and gunned them down. Later he was joined by another sociopathic pro-slavery advocate Bloody Bill Anderson who also made raids into abolitionist territory.

The Union Army pursued Quantrill and shot him in the back when he was 27 years old in an ambush. He was paralyzed from the waist down until he died of his wounds in 1865. The Kansas Nebraka Act made Kansas Territory and the Missouri Compromise said the state would be pro or anti slavery depending on the votes of it constituencies.

This was one of the first cases of organized domestic terrorist groups organized against each other.


 William+T.+AndersonBloody Bill Andersen


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John Hetlinger October 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Kansas: Keeping America safe from Missouri since 1854.

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