*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!..
Leavenworth Daily Times
August 23, 1863
*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!....A large number of gentlemen came over from Lawrence early this morning, from whom we collate the following details of the terrible massacre at Lawrence.
The inhabitants of the principal street, Massachusetts, were aroused about half past four o'clock in the morning by horsemen riding furiously through the town. Quantrill entered the place about a quarter before five o'clock in person, and immediately posted his pickets out around the town in every direction. At sunrise, the work of plunder and murder commenced. Bands roved around through the streets and suburbs at will, robbing and shooting down every man they met, with the demonic abandon of cannibals....In the confused manner in which statements came in, it is impossible as yet to give a connected account of the whole affair....When the bushwhackers rode into the town, they did so yelling at the top of their voices, and saying that they intended to kill all without exception. Mayor Collamore, to avoid being killed, went down into his well and was suffocated. Gen. Lane escaped into a cornfield near his house and thus saved himself. He was one of the first men back into the town after Quantrill left and immediately organized a force and started in pursuit. At 4 o'clock last evening a messenger had arrived in Lawrence from Lane, stating that he had overtaken Quantrill at Brooklyn City and that a fight would immediately take place....Major Plumb arrived in sight of Lawrence just as Quantrill was leaving. He immediately turned his forces about with a view to intercept and capture the bushwhackers on the Santa Fe road. The banks were all robbed of large sums....Four Germans lying on a platform in front of a building were shot early in the morning while asleep. About 25 negroes were killed....Through the interposition and negotiations of R. S. Stevens and others, between 50 and 60 persons who were in the Eldridge House were saved. They were marched out under an escort and protected during the terrible scenes that were transpiring....Gov. Robinson's house was saved by a squad of the 12th Kansas regiment who were on the north bank of the river and who fired upon them whenever they approached the house. We have the following names as among the killed at Lawrence...son of John Speer....
We learn from Mr. Squires, express agent of the Fort Scott Stage Line, who arrived last evening, that the troops that went from Aubrey and Kansas City under Capt. Coleman and Major Plumb met Quantrill's band at Brooklyn City and, in connection with Lane's forces, they kept up a running fight all day on Friday, Quantrill retreating in the direction of Ottawa, Jones and Stanton, striking from there towards Paola. Troops and citizens from Paola met them one mile and a half from the town about half past nine o'clock at night of the same day. A considerable skirmish took place. Quantrill is reported to have lost during the day's fighting 24 killed and one prisoner....
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