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Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence

Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence
Creator: United States. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1863-1864
This bound letter book contains copies of letters sent and received by the Adjutant General's Office in Fort Scott, Kansas. They were assigned to recruit a regiment of colored soldiers. Letters were received from the War Department in Washington, D.C. and from the Office of the Governor in Kansas. The letters focus on the recruitment and commissioning of troops and officers for the Kansas Colored Volunteer's regiments. Many of the letters were written by or sent to General James G. Blunt. It appears the book was kept by Major T. J. Anderson, Assistant Adjutant General. Names of many individuals appear in the volume.


Baxter Springs as a military post

Baxter Springs as a military post
Creator: Thompson, Hugh L.
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This pamphlet recounts the history of Baxter Springs, Kansas, as military institution during the Civil War. It also describes the murder of the Rev. John Baxter for whom the town was named. It describes the attack on General James G. Blunt and his forces at Baxter Springs on October 6, 1863. The author, Hugh L. Thompson, wrote the account from memory and claimed to be the "only man who was sent there at all times when the U.S. troops occupied the place." Thompson was a member of the 3rd Wiscosin Cavalry Volunteers, Company C.


Campaigning in the Army of the Frontier

Campaigning in the Army of the Frontier
Creator: Greene, A.R.
Date: 1861-1865
This item, written Albert R. Greene in the years after the Civil War, describes his experiences campaigning with the Army of the Frontier. A member of Company A, 9th Kansas, Cavalry, Greene joined the U.S. Army just over a year after the Civil War began. His recollections describe a number of things, including life in the Army, the geography of Kansas, interactions with Native Americans, and wartime combat.


General James G. Blunt's flag

General James G. Blunt's flag
Date: between 1861 and 1864
This flag was presented to General Blunt by a group of ladies from Leavenworth. This group purchased the banner from a New York firm.


General James G. Blunt's presentation sword

General James G. Blunt's presentation sword
Creator: Tiffany & Company
Date: between 1863 and 1865
Presented to Major General James G. Blunt by Merritt H. Insley and Alexander McDonald, two of Blunt's wartime associates. Blunt was the first Kansan to achieve the rank of major general during the Civil War.


General James Gillpatrick Blunt's Court-martial at Little Town

General James Gillpatrick Blunt's Court-martial at Little Town
Creator: Sramek, Mavis
Date: 1867
This drawing shows Colonel James Gillpatrick Blunt's court martial of pro-slavery soldiers on September 18, 1861. Pictured left to right are W.A. Johnson, Garnett; Col. Blunt, Fort Scott; Dr. Lisle, Chetopa; Preston B. Plumb, Emporia; Lt. Brook; and two unnamed soldiers. The trial took place in Little Town (now Oswego) in the home of pro-slavery supporter John Allen Mathews. Mathews had been killed by union soldiers from Fort Scott under Col. James G. Blunt's command.


General James Gillpatrick Blunt with band members, Paola, Kansas

General James Gillpatrick Blunt with band members, Paola, Kansas
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery
Date: 1864
This is a carte-de-visite showing General James Gillpatrick Blunt with eleven band members from the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and one from the Twelfth Volunteer Kansas Infantry. People are identified as (right to left): General James Gillpatrick Blunt, A. J. Shannon, William Bendix, M. X. Myers, Fred Marvin, Charles Warring, George Cohen, Henry Dutton, Wash Woolheter, Jack Halstead, Ed Walker, Captain George W. Quimby, John Myers, George Waite, Frank Mimers, M. E. Foote and George W. Mitchler. Blunt was commander of the District of South Kansas at the time this photograph was taken. It was possibly taken after the Battle of Westport/Mine Creek.


General staff roll of officers on duty at Sugar Mound

General staff roll of officers on duty at Sugar Mound
Date: December 19 and 21, 1857
This staff roll of regimental officers of the First Regiment, Kansas Militia, lists officers present in a skirmish at Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, on December 19 and 21, 1857. Major General James Lane is included among the officers listed. The list appears to be incomplete, as age, stature, and equipment notes for each man are provided only on the list's first page.


James G. Blunt to the Secretary of the Historical Society of the State of Kansas

James G. Blunt to the Secretary of the Historical Society of the State of Kansas
Creator: Blunt, James G. (James Gillpatrick), 1826-1881
Date: October 12, 1877
This letter to the Secretary of the Historical Society, James G. Blunt is writing about several incidents in which he encountered John Brown. Blunt became acquainted with Brown in 1857, and in one particular meeting, Blunt writes about Brown's connection to the anti-slavery movement and his earnest and firm conviction to emancipate all slaves.


James Gillpatrick Blunt

James Gillpatrick Blunt
Date: Between 1865 and 1870
This black and white photograph shows General James Gillpatrick Blunt in a military uniform. Gen. Blunt commanded Union forces during the Civil War in engagements such as the Battle of Old Fort Wayne, the Battle of Prarie Grove, the Battle of Honey Springs, and the first and second Battle of Newtonnia. At the end of the Civil War, Gen. Blunt commanded the District of South Kansas.


James Gillpatrick Blunt

James Gillpatrick Blunt
Creator: Addis & Noel's
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt in a military uniform, (1826-1881). Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. He rose through the ranks when President Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt, in April of 1862, as brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a series of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns, promoted Blunt, in March of 1863, to major general which was the highest military rank received by any Kansan in the Union army.


James Gillpatrick Blunt

James Gillpatrick Blunt
Creator: Nichols, A. C.
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt in a military uniform, (1826-1881). Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. He rose through the ranks when President Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt, in April of 1862, as brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a series of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns promoted Blunt, in March of 1863, to major general which was the highest military rank received by a Kansan in the Union army.


James Gillpatrick Blunt

James Gillpatrick Blunt
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery, Paola Miami Co., Kansas
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt in a military uniform, (1826-1881). Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. He rose through the ranks when President Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt, in April of 1862, as brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a number of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns, promoted Blunt, in March of 1863, to major general which was the highest military rank received by a Kansan in the Union army.


James Gillpatrick Blunt

James Gillpatrick Blunt
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery, Paola Miami Co., Kansas
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt in a military uniform (1826-1881). Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. He rose through the ranks when President Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt, in April of 1862, as brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a number of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns promoted Blunt, in March of 1863, to major general which was the highest military rank received by a Kansan in the Union army.


James Gillpatrick Blunt and Family

James Gillpatrick Blunt and Family
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt and family. The family has been identified from left to right: daughter Sadie, Mrs. Nancy C. Blunt, James Blunt and son Rufus. Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. In April 1862, Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt to brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a series of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns promoted Blunt, in March of 1863, to major general, which was the highest military rank received by any Kansan in the Union army.


James Gillpatrick Blunt and staff

James Gillpatrick Blunt and staff
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This sepia colored carte-de-visite shows James Gillpatrick Blunt, in the center of the front row, with members of his military staff. Blunt a commander of Union forces during the Civil War served as a lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Kansas Volunteer regiment under General James Lane. He rose through the military ranks when President Abraham Lincoln appointed Blunt, in April of 1862, as brigadier general of the Department and Army of Kansas. His effective leadership skills combined with military strategies, brought victory in a number of battles and skirmishes from Missouri to Arkansas. The success from these campaigns, promoted Blunt in March of 1863, to major general which was the highest military rank received by a Kansan in the Union army.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1861-1862
Collection of correspondence including letters written to Governor Charles Robinson and letters written by Charles Chadwick, Adjutant General of Kansas. Also included are appointments issued by James H. Lane, Commissioner of Recruiting, to Ernestus Gilpatrick, John Owens, Edward P. Kellam, C.K. Gilchrist, J.B. Allen, Felix Brenigan, Isaac Seaman, Robert Little, A.G. Cunningham, Andrew J. Frances, Robert Riddle, Joseph R. Kent, Jeremiah C. Johnson, William Cowan, and Allen Griffen. Topics discussed include the consolidation and reorganization of Kansas regiments and companies and mustering out of individuals. Several letters sent to General J.C. Stone in Leavenworth from citizens endorsing S.E. Ward, a trader at Fort Laramie, report Indian hostility along the road to California. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


R.N. Hershfield to his commanding officer

R.N. Hershfield to his commanding officer
Creator: Hershfield, R.N.
Date: October 20, 1864
A telegram from R.N. Hershfield to his commanding officer relaying information on General Blunt's encounter with Sterling Price at Lexington, Missouri.


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