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A Negro Regiment in Action

A Negro Regiment in Action
Date: March 14, 1863
An iIllustration from pages 168-169 of the March 14, 1863 issue of "Harper's Weekly," titled "A Negro Regiment In Action."


"Another Investigation Committee"

"Another Investigation Committee"
Date: January 31, 1880
This illustration by cartoonist Thomas Nast was published in Harper's Weekly. It depicts a potential Exoduster being questioned by a watchful Irishman with the caption "An' what right have you, sure, to be afther laving your native place an' coming here? Spake!" In the background a sign reads "Free Soil Kansas".


Battle of Milliken's Bend

Battle of Milliken's Bend
Date: June 7, 1863
An illustration from Harper's Weekly, July 4, 1863, depicting the Battle of Milliken's Bend where African-American soldiers of the 8th, 9th, 11th, and 13th Louisiana Infantry Regiments and 1st Mississippi Infantry fought valiantly along side the 23rd Iowa Regiment against Confederate troops. Although the African-American soldiers were recently recruited and ill-equipped, they engaged the Confederate troops in one of the longest hand-to-hand battles of the Civil War. The battle finally ended after the Union gunboats Choctaw and Lexington arrived and began firing on the Rebels.


Burning the Cheyenne village near Fort Larned, Kansas

Burning the Cheyenne village near Fort Larned, Kansas
Creator: Davis, Theodore R.
Date: April 19, 1867
This illustration portrays soldiers under the command of General Winfield S. Hancock burning a Cheyenne village on Pawnee Fork, thirty miles west of Fort Larned. The illustration was drawn by Theodore Davis and published in Harpers Weekly, April 19, 1867.


"Busted!" - A Deserted Railroad Town In Kansas

"Busted!" - A Deserted Railroad Town In Kansas
Creator: Tavernier, Jules, 1844-1889
Date: 1874
This is an illustration titled "Busted! A Deserted Railroad Town in Kansas" published in Harper's Weekly, v. 18 (February 28, 1874), p. 192.


Butterfield's Overland mail coach starting out from Atchison, Kansas

Butterfield's Overland mail coach starting out from Atchison, Kansas
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: January 27, 1866
A drawing of a Butterfield Overland mail coach copied from Harper's Weekly, January 27, 1866.


Cheyenne Indians attacking a working party on the Union Pacific Railroad

Cheyenne Indians attacking a working party on the Union Pacific Railroad
Creator: Davis, Theodore R.
Date: September 07, 1867
This illustration portrays Union Pacific railroad workers being attacked by Cheyenne Indians on August 4, 1867. This illustration was published in Harper's Weekly on September 7, 1867. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Clearing a field of grasshoppers

Clearing a field of grasshoppers
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: 1875
An illustration showing people clearing a field of grasshoppers, copied from Harper's Weekly, July 3, 1875.


Council at Medicine Lodge Creek

Council at Medicine Lodge Creek
Creator: Howland, J.
Date: November 16, 1867
This drawing by J. Howland, originally printed in Harper's Weekly, depicts the council between representatives of the U.S. government and the Kiowa and Comanche tribes at Medicine Creek Lodge, Kansas, in 1867. At this council the Kiowa, Comanche, Plains Apache, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes signed three successive treaties with the United States government, collectively known as the Medicine Lodge treaty.


Crossing the Plains

Crossing the Plains
Date: August 13, 1859
Photo of a sketch of covered wagons with the wording "Pikes Peak" copied from "Harper's Weekly," August 13, 1859.


Custer's Indian scouts celebrating the victory over Black Kettle

Custer's Indian scouts celebrating the victory over Black Kettle
Creator: Davis, Theodore R.
Date: January 16, 1869
An illustration portraying General George Armstrong Custer's Indian scouts celebrating the victory over Black Kettle in the Battle of the Washita in November 1868. This illustration was published in Harper's Weekly on January 16, 1869. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Custer's command shooting down worthless horses

Custer's command shooting down worthless horses
Creator: Davis, Theodore R.
Date: January 16, 1869
An illustration of General George Armstrong Custer's men shooting horses after the Battle of the Washita which occurred on November 27, 1868. This illustration was published in Harper's Weekly on January 16, 1869. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Destruction of the city of Lawrence and massacre of its inhabitants by so-called rebel guerrillas

Destruction of the city of Lawrence and massacre of its inhabitants by so-called rebel guerrillas
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: September 5, 1863
This is an illustration of the August 21, 1863, raid led by William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865, on Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrill and a group of 300 Confederate guerrillas attacked Lawrence at dawn. They shot down every man they saw and fired into the windows as they rode by, killing nearly 200 people. Banks, stores, and saloons were all looted, along with dozens of houses. Much of what could not be carried off was burned and the town was covered with smoke. By nine o'clock in the morning, it was all over and Quantrill escaped into the Missouri hills. The illustration was copied from the September 5, 1863, issue of Harper's Weekly.


Discovering the remains of Lieutenant Kidder and ten men of the Seventh United States Cavalry

Discovering the remains of Lieutenant Kidder and ten men of the Seventh United States Cavalry
Creator: Davis, Theodore R.
Date: August 17, 1867
An illustration showing General George Armstrong Custer arriving at the scene of the Kidder massacre which occurred around July 1, 1867 in Sherman County, Kansas. This illustration was published in Harper's Weekly on August 17, 1867. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


"En route for Kansas"

"En route for Kansas"
Creator: Lewis, H.J.
Date: August 16, 1879
This illustration was drawn by Sol Eytinge Jr., based on a sketch by H. J. Lewis. Published in Harper's Weekly, it shows a family of Exodusters emigrating to Kansas as they flee from the outbreak of yellow fever.


Exodusters at Floral Hall, Topeka

Exodusters at Floral Hall, Topeka
Creator: Worrall, Henry, 1825-1902
Date: July 5, 1879
This drawing from Harper's Weekly depicts the African-American refugees, called Exodusters, who were housed in Floral Hall on the Topeka Fairgrounds, near what is today the Expocentre. Many of these refugees are listening to a sermon or lecture being delivered on the platform. It was drawn by Henry Worrall.


Exodusters in Floral Hall, Topeka

Exodusters in Floral Hall, Topeka
Creator: Worrall, Henry, 1825-1902
Date: July 5, 1879
This drawing from Harper's Weekly depicts the living quarters of the African-American Exodusters housed in Floral Hall on the Topeka Fairgrounds. These emigrants were crowded into this building while waiting for more permanent lodgings and employment. The drawing was created by Henry Worrall.


Family in covered wagon during a wind storm

Family in covered wagon during a wind storm
Date: May 30, 1874
Photo of an illustration of a single family in covered wagon during a wind storm on the prairie, copied from "Harper's Weekly," May 30, 1874.


Famous places in Kansas

Famous places in Kansas
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: June 06, 1857
This is a page from Harper's Weekly, June 6, 1857 edition, with engravings and text describing the governor's mansion in Lecompton, Kansas Territory and Lane's fort on Mount Oread in Lawrence, Kansas Territory.


Fighting a prairie fire

Fighting a prairie fire
Creator: Frenzeny, Paul
Date: February 28, 1874
In this woodcut illustration from Harper's Weekly, men fight a prairie fire.


Fort  Larned, copied from Harper's Weekly

Fort Larned, copied from Harper's Weekly
Date: June 8, 1867
A sketch of Fort Larned copied from Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1867


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: May 20, 1899
An illustration depicting Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, as published on the cover of the May 20, 1899 issue of "Harper's Weekly." The caption reads "Brigadier-General Frederick Funston, U.S.V. The fighting colonel of the 20th Kansas Volunteers, who has been promoted for bravery."


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: November 11, 1899
A portrait of Brigadier-General Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, as printed in the November 11, 1899 issue of "Harper's Weekly." The caption reads "On board the transport "Tartar" on the day of his arrival at San Francisco from Manila."


Fur traders attacked on the Missouri River

Fur traders attacked on the Missouri River
Creator: Cary, William De La Montagne,1840 - 1922
Date: May 23, 1868
A line drawing showing fur traders on the Missouri River being attacked by Indians. The line drawing was copied from Harper's Weekly, May 23, 1868, page 329.


Governor's Mansion, Lecompton, Kansas Territory

Governor's Mansion, Lecompton, Kansas Territory
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: 1857
This illustration shows the Governor's Mansion in Lecompton, Kansas Territory, in 1856. This was copied from the June 6, 1857, issue of "Harper's Weekly."


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