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H.M. Simpson, of the Banking House of Simpsons Brothers in Lawrence, Kansas, wrote this letter to Hiram Hill of Massachusetts that provides many details concerning the number of dead and the extent of the destruction caused by Quantrill and his men during their August 21, 1863, raid on Lawrence. Chillingly, the letter vividly details how several of the victims of the attack met their end at the hands of Quantrill's raiders, including one man who paid the attackers $1,000 to spare his life, only to be shot and killed immediately after he turned the money over.
Creator: Simpson, H.M
Date: September 7, 1863
H.M. Simpson's letter to Hiram Hill offers an excellent first-hand account of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence and it helps the students understand the scale and violence of the raid.
KS: 7th: 2.6.: important events in Kansas during the Civil War
Item Number: 213271
Call Number: Ms. Coll. Hiram Hill, Box 1 of 3, Correspondence and Business Papers, 1863
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213271
Collections - Manuscript - Hill, Hiram
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1854 to 1865 (Benchmark 2) - Civil War in Kansas (Indicator 6) - Quantrillâ€™s Raid
Date - 1861-1869 - 1863
Military - Wars - Civil War - Quantrill's raid
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Hill, Hiram
People - Notable People - Quantrill, William Clarke, 1837-1865
Places - Cities and towns - Lawrence
Places - Counties - Douglas
Places - Other States - Massachusetts
Thematic Time Period - Civil War, 1861-1865
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters