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First and Only Paper in Flourishing Territory 1854

First Press in the Kansas Territory 1854

The Press in Kansas; Towns Springing Up 1854

Herald of Freedom Founded in Lawrence 1855

Vol. 1, No. 31. J. Speer & W. W. Ross, editors.: * 1855

Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! 1859

From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick." 1862

The Press of Kansas. We believe the following to b 1862

We have neglected to notice the Fort Scott Monitor 1863

*The fight between Ewing and Anthony is still wagi 1863

*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!.. 1863

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!. 1863

*It will be remembered that John Speer of the Lawr 1864

Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprieto 1872

Modern Improved Methods of Printing 1900

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!.

Leavenworth Daily Times
Leavenworth, Kansas
August  23, 1863  

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!...It is hardly possible as yet to procure a succinct and consecutive account of the diabolical proceedings of the Quantrill gang on Friday morning. However, through the kindness of R. S. Stevens, we are enabled to furnish a few additional particulars....We give a few of the terrible scenes as we recollect them:

Murder of Trask, Thorp and Griswold. Shortly after their arrival in the city, a detachment crossed the ravine to the west side and, surrounding the houses, called the citizens out and shot them. A party went to the residence of Dr. Griswold and, with demonic yells, said, "the d--d s--s of b-----s must come out of there." Mr. Trask and, we believe, Mr. Thorp were boarding with Dr. Griswold and all three of the gentlemen went out of the house by the front door, when they were immediately taken prisoners. Their names were asked and, as the answers were given, each in turn was deliberately shot down. Mr. Trask was recently married and his young wife stood by, a witness of her husband's assassination....

One of the first persons out was Col. Deitzler. "The sight that met us when coming out, I cannot describe. I have read of outrages committed in the so-called dark ages and, horrible as they appeared to me, they sink into insignificance in comparison with what I was then compelled to witness. Well-known citizens were lying in front of the spot where their stores or residences had been completely roasted. The bodies were crisped and nearly black. We thought at first that they were all negroes, till we recognized some of them. In handling the dead bodies, pieces of roasted flesh would remain in our hands. Soon our strength failed us in this horrible and sickening work. Many could not help crying like children. Women and little children were all over town hunting for their husbands and fathers, and sad indeed was the scene when they did finally find them among the corpses laid out for recognition....

Plunder was carried off on pack horses, and each private of the rebel gang must have been greatly elated by his share of the pure money, as all the safes in the city were cut open or blown up by filling the key holes with powder. In some instances, the keys were demanded and a refusal in every case was a death warrant....The amount carried away by the gang will probably exceed $75,000. Eighteen soldiers, out of 22, belonging to the 14th regiment were killed, with a number of the Second colored. The ladies exhibited in many instances the greatest degree of calmness and courage....The search was particularly directed for Gov. Carney and Gen. Lane, the rebels having heard that both were in the city. Lane's lucky star and a neighboring cornfield saved him, and the Governor was in Leavenworth....

Killed. Gen. G. W. Collamore Mayor, and son;...Josiah C. Trask, proprietor State Journal;...John Speer Jr., and brother missing....

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