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Jayhawkers : the Civil War brigade of James Henry Lane /
Bryce D. Benedict.
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
description
xiv, 343 p.
ISBN
0806139994 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780806139999 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
isbn
0806139994 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780806139999 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6825247
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Main Description
Challenges long-held assumptions about the man known as the terror of Missouri
Main Description
Challenges long-held assumptions about the man known as the terror of Missouri No person excited greater emotion in Kansas than James Henry Lane, the U.S. senator who led a volunteer brigade in 1861-1962. In fighting numerous skirmishes, liberating hundreds of slaves, burning portions of four towns, and murdering half a dozen men, Lane and his brigade garnered national attention as the saviors of Kansas and the terror of Missouri. This first book-length study of the "jayhawkers," as the men of Lane's brigade were known, takes a fresh look at their exploits and notoriety. Bryce Benedict draws on a wealth of previously unexploited sources, including letters by brigade members, to dramatically re-create the violence along the Kansas-Missouri border and challenge some of the time-honored depictions of Lane's unit as bloodthirsty and indiscriminately violent. Bringing to life an era of guerillas, bushwhackers, and slave stealers, Jayhawkersalso describes how Lane's brigade was organized and equipped and provides details regarding staff and casualties. Assessing the extent to which the jayhawkers followed accepted rules of warfare, Benedict argues that Lane set a precedent for the Union Army's eventual adoption of "hard" tactics toward civilians. An entertaining story rich in detail, Jayhawkerswill captivate scholars and history enthusiasts as it sheds new light on the unfettered violence on this western fringe of the Civil War.
Main Description
No person excited greater emotion in Kansas than James Henry Lane, the U.S. senator who led a volunteer brigade in 18611862. In fighting numerous skirmishes, liberating hundreds of slaves, burning portions of four towns, and murdering half a dozen men, Lane and his brigade garnered national attention as the saviors of Kansas and the terror of Missouri. This first book-length study of the "jayhawkers," as the men of Lane's brigade were known, takes a fresh look at their exploits and notoriety. Bryce Benedict draws on a wealth of previously unexploited sources, including letters by brigade members, to dramatically re-create the violence along the Kansas-Missouri border and challenge some of the time-honored depictions of Lane's unit as bloodthirsty and indiscriminately violent. Bringing to life an era of guerillas, bushwhackers, and slave stealers, Jayhawkersalso describes how Lane's brigade was organized and equipped and provides details regarding staff and casualties. Assessing the extent to which the jayhawkers followed accepted rules of warfare, Benedict argues that Lane set a precedent for the Union Army's eventual adoption of "hard" tactics toward civilians. An entertaining story rich in detail, Jayhawkerswill captivate scholars and history enthusiasts as it sheds new light on the unfettered violence on this western fringe of the Civil War.
Main Description
No person excited greater emotion in Kansas than James Henry Lane, the U.S. senator who led a volunteer brigade in 1861–1962. In fighting numerous skirmishes, liberating hundreds of slaves, burning portions of four towns, and murdering half a dozen men, Lane and his brigade garnered national attention as the saviors of Kansas and the terror of Missouri. This first book-length study of the “jayhawkers,” as the men of Lane’s brigade were known, takes a fresh look at their exploits and notoriety. Bryce Benedict draws on a wealth of previously unexploited sources, including letters by brigade members, to dramatically re-create the violence along the Kansas-Missouri border and challenge some of the time-honored depictions of Lane’s unit as bloodthirsty and indiscriminately violent. Bringing to life an era of guerillas, bushwhackers, and slave stealers, Jayhawkersalso describes how Lane’s brigade was organized and equipped and provides details regarding staff and casualties. Assessing the extent to which the jayhawkers followed accepted rules of warfare, Benedict argues that Lane set a precedent for the Union Army’s eventual adoption of “hard” tactics toward civilians. An entertaining story rich in detail, Jayhawkerswill captivate scholars and history enthusiasts as it sheds new light on the unfettered violence on this western fringe of the Civil War.
Main Description
No person excited greater emotion in Kansas than James Henry Lane, the U.S. senator who led a volunteer brigade in 1861–1862. In fighting numerous skirmishes, liberating hundreds of slaves, burning portions of four towns, and murdering half a dozen men, Lane and his brigade garnered national attention as the saviors of Kansas and the terror of Missouri. This first book-length study of the “jayhawkers,” as the men of Lane’s brigade were known, takes a fresh look at their exploits and notoriety. Bryce Benedict draws on a wealth of previously unexploited sources, including letters by brigade members, to dramatically re-create the violence along the Kansas-Missouri border and challenge some of the time-honored depictions of Lane’s unit as bloodthirsty and indiscriminately violent. Bringing to life an era of guerillas, bushwhackers, and slave stealers, Jayhawkersalso describes how Lane’s brigade was organized and equipped and provides details regarding staff and casualties. Assessing the extent to which the jayhawkers followed accepted rules of warfare, Benedict argues that Lane set a precedent for the Union Army’s eventual adoption of “hard” tactics toward civilians. An entertaining story rich in detail, Jayhawkerswill captivate scholars and history enthusiasts as it sheds new light on the unfettered violence on this western fringe of the Civil War.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Terminology and Scopep. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Bleeding Kansasp. 13
The Blast of Warp. 25
A Fighting Brigade Is Bornp. 33
"We Could Play Hell with Missouri"p. 56
Drywood and Osceolap. 72
Frémont's Grand Armyp. 109
Lane the Liberatorp. 147
Visitations of Mercyp. 165
Monotony and Mutinyp. 190
Dissolutionp. 202
The Great Southern Expeditionp. 219
Conclusionp. 239
Necrologyp. 251
Brigade Staffp. 259
Brigade Casualtiesp. 261
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 333
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