Thursday, August 15, 2013

They Came This Way

A Bloody Week in History
I used to live in Lawrence, Kansas.  I have driven back and forth on K-10 many times.  I always think segments of that drive are very pretty.  Today, while working, I drove that way again.  I am still awed by the bueaty of the scenery.  However, in addition to taking in the view from my windshield, I also had a thought... They came this way.  
K-10 in western Johnson County, Kansas

"They" were the irregular Missouri militia units aligned with the Confederacy who were bent on revenge for something that happened on this day, one hundred and fifty years ago.  They were not taking in the natural bueaty, one might assume, but the prettyness of the valley which they were about to sack and try to remove from the face of the earth I would hope move some of the men to mercy in some little way.  There was very little mercy back then on either side.  This was a border war, and it was bad.  The catalyst was the national calamity known as the civil war and it moved many to deep hatred.  Some, however it seems, need little excuse, and the orignal reasoning behind their vehemence often pales to the outcomes.  Even the eastern governments on both sides of the conflict were not happy with the guerilla war and the tactics employed on the western frontier.  The autrocities committed here, a hundred and fifty years ago during the border war -- a true war between states, not only forshadowed the bloody low intesity conflicts that are so common during our time now, but also was very personal.

K-10 heading west, towards Kansas City

In the shadow of boy bands, and Power and Light district drunkeness, tourists, monster truck pulls and basketball games sits a sign that many Kansas Citians don't even know exist.  Next time you are that way, go to the southeast corner of 14th and Grand, and read the marker.  Take it in.  It is a shame that hardly anybody noticed today the event that transpired close to that marker one hundred and fifty years ago.  I know.  I have heard a saying once that as a school subject, history is more important than math.  Many would disagree with that.  I do not.  Math will allow you to see where you are going in the next few steps.  History shows you where you are going in the next few thousand years and beyond.  It does reapeat itself, and if you don't know it, it definitely repeats itself.  If we do not know our history, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.  We have seen what an unregulated milita can do.  We have seen what unchecked government power will do.  What happened here, a hundred and fifty years ago, should never have happened anywhere.  It shouldn't ever happen again.  Please take the time to read the marker.  It is an arrow pointing straight at you, and straight at the future.
Some links on the history, if you care to read....
14th and Grand, Kansas City Missouri

We were here to take pictures, but not of any boy band

The marker commemorating the union prison collapse, August 14, 1863

The good people of Lawrence, Kansas are remembering.  They are re-enacting these tragic events in a new way -- via Twitter.  For more information go to or to follow them on twitter, type in #QR1863.
Here are some clips from a movie directed by Ang Lee, and released in 1999 called "Ride With the Devil" that attempts to bring the history to life...
Bushwacker Tactics

Quantrill talks about the reasons for attacking Lawrence

The attack on Lawrence, Kansas

Aug 13, 2013
MAE -- Belton Boot Block Controversy
- 2013/08/13 Tuesday 14:26:08
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 16:45:59
31st street , KCMO

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 16:49:11
Martini Corner, KCMO

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 16:52:57
31st east of Martini corner, KCMO

- 2013/08/13 Tuesday 16:59:51
Here is my Current Location.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 17:30:58

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 18:00:04
aaaanannnndd forth....

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 18:26:06
Belton, Missouri

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 22:19:35
Belton, Missouri

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 22:19:39
Belton, Missouri

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 22:20:09
Belton, Missouri

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 22:22:43
The big liquor stor vector is still there...

- 2013/08/13 Tuesday 23:03:45
gas for van 3
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Touch Point on MapQuest

Aug 14, 2013
AED -- De Soto Author
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 16:04:13

Big Brothers and Big Sisters, KCMO
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 16:09:21
39th Street, KCMO
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 16:09:31
39th street, KCMO
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 16:13:13
Rainbow and Southwest Boulevard, KCKS
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 16:36:18
K-10 in Western Johnson County, Kansas
- 2013/08/14 Wednesday 16:46:10
Burning Tree Golf Club

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 17:58:04
Burning Tree Golf Course
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 17:59:58
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Bridge over the Kansas River in Desoto, Kansas
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:05:05
K-10 in Western Johnson County, Kansas
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:06:06
K-10 in Western Johnson County, Kansas

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:47:54
39th street in Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:48:26
39th street in Kansas City, Missouri
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:50:20
39th street in Kansas City, Missouri
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:50:31
39th street in Kansas City, Missouri
- 2013/08/14 Wednesday 18:51:55
feeding my addiction

 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:57:33
Frick and Frack!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 18:30:14
Road resurfacing on 31st street by sw boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri. 
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