William Clarke Quantrill and his infamous raid of the city of Lawrence, in 1863, is known to most residents on the Missouri/Kansas Border. What led Quantrill and his men to such a drastic and risky undertaking in the first place? Moonlit Mayhem: Quantrill's Raid of Olathe, Kansas tells this story from the Bleeding Kansas years to the rise of Quantrill and eventually to the raid on Olathe on September 6, 1862.
Quantrill's raid is an event that would shape Olathe's history for many years to come. Most locals have little knowledge of this event that so heavily impacted the history of their town. Moonlit Mayhem provides a view of life, on both sides of the border. In addition, short summaries of events before and after the Olathe Raid, give the reader a complete picture of the time and key players on both sides. Moonlit Mayhem is packed with over 100 color images and maps showing the modern locations of historic events. This meticulously researched work is a must for anyone looking for an easy to understand explanation of the Border War and its impact on the residents of the border counties.
There were no winners and losers in the Border War, the residents of the border counties suffered greatly. Moonlit Mayhem tells their story.
Jonathan Jones was born and raised in Harrisonville, Missouri. He graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Business Education and from Park University, where he earned an MBA in International Business. Jones spent ten years as a teacher and coach in Missouri Schools before moving into the business world where he would spend the next 20+ years working as a Enterprise Architect for IAT Insurance Group. Jones is a lifelong history buff and spends much of his spare time researching history, both in his local area as well as traveling to visit historic sites around the world. Mr. Jones and his wife of 30 plus years, Jill, have three grown children, Zac, Lexi and Nikai and currently reside in Olathe, Kansas.
Table of Contents
Life in Kansas: 1854-1860. 12
Political Events That Triggered the Bleeding Kansas Era. 20
Bleeding Kansas. 24
First Sacking of Lawrence. 34
John Brown and the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre. 36
The Key Combatants. 54
Quantrill Takes Command. 121
Olathe, 1862. 133
The Raid on Olathe. 147
The Sacking of Lawrence. 172
Order Number 11. 178
What Happened To. . . 186
Quantrill's Bones. 218
Quantrill Raiders Reunions. 226