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6th Kansas Cavalry flag

6th Kansas Cavalry flag
Date: 1861
This national flag was carried by the 6th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War. Established at Fort Scott, Kansas, in July 1861, the unit started out as a "Home Guard," meant to protect citizens living in counties along the state's eastern border from guerilla raiders. In the spring of 1862, the unit was organized as a cavalry regiment. During the course of the war, the 6th Kansas fought in skirmishes in Missouri and Arkansas, preventing Confederate troops from moving farther north. The unit also participated in the Camden Expedition, a Union military campaign meant to secure Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas in Northern hands. As part of the expedition, they fought in the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry and the Battle of Prairie Grove, among others. The 6th Kansas mustered out on August 27, 1865, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


Descriptive roll, Sixth Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War volunteers, volume 5

Descriptive roll, Sixth Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War volunteers, volume 5
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1861-1863
This is the descriptive roll for Civil War soldiers in the Sixth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Information includes description, marital status, nativity, residence, muster information, and remarks. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


John Allen Mathews

John Allen Mathews
Date: Between 1851 and 1861
John Allen Mathews a pro-slavery supporter from Labette County, who conducted several raids against Free Staters in southeast Kansas, was killed by the 6th Kansas Cavalry under the command of James G. Blunt near Chetopa, Kansas on September 18, 1861.


Marshall Rice's Civil War enlistment paper

Marshall Rice's Civil War enlistment paper
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: April 26, 1863
This is a volunteer enlistment paper for Marshall Rice, a farmer, who enlisted in the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company L.


Members of the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company B

Members of the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company B
Date: Between 1870 and 1900
A group photograph of survivors of the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company B. The men are identified from the top left as: James M. Asher, Noah M. Scott, Andrew Sigler, John Snyder, John W. Barrett, Robert Wright, Sylvester Buck, Cyrus N. Teater, Calvin R. Jackson, Lt. J.C. Morehead, R. F. Rinker, Benjamin Davis, William (John) Curtis, Amos Stewart, and James Wolfinger.


Muster out roll, Sixth Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 7

Muster out roll, Sixth Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 7
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1861-1865
This is the muster out roll for Civil War soldiers in the Kansas Sixth Cavalry volunteer unit. The lists may include name, rank, age, when and where they mustered in, last date of pay, and remarks. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


Sixth Kansas Cavalry fraternal ribbon

Sixth Kansas Cavalry fraternal ribbon
Date: between 1860 and 1890
Fraternal ribbon composed of yellow silk with an off-white silk top layer. The donor (John Arrell Johnson) had served as the first lieutenant, captain, and major of Company A of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War. The Sixth was organized in Fort Scott, Kansas in 1861 and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Its soldiers formed their own veterans organization after the war. The donor probably received this ribbon at a recognition ceremony for members of this company.


Survivors from the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

Survivors from the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Date: Between 1870 and 1900
Photographs of the survivors from the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.


Thomas Baker's Civil War enlistment paper

Thomas Baker's Civil War enlistment paper
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: March 01, 1863
This is a volunteer enlistment paper for Thomas Baker, a mason, who enlisted in the 6th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company L.


Wyllys Cadwell Ransom

Wyllys Cadwell Ransom
Creator: Brown's Photographic Gallery, Paola Miami Co., Kansas
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a carte de visite photograph showing Wyllys Cadwell Ransom dressed in his military uniform. He was born in Townshend, Vermont, April 28, 1828 to Epaphroditus and Almire (Caldwell) Ransom. Ransom graduated from the University of Michigan and later studied law. In 1857, he accepted a position in the office of the surveyor-general of Kansas and Nebraska and was appointed chief clerk. Ransom served in that capacity until 1860 when he was placed in charge of the United States land office at Fort Scott, Kansas. At the beginning of the Civil War he organized Company E of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry. Later, he organized the 6th Kansas Cavalry and made major. By order of general Blunt he was given special command in the field embracing all the western portion of Missouri and Arkansas, with three companies of infantry, three of cavalry and a section of artillery. After serving in active service for two years he moved to the staff of General Samuel B. Curtis and served as judge advocate and commissary of musters until the close of the war. After the war, he was elected president of the Kansas City & Cameron Railroad. On leaving this office he returned to Lawrence, Kansas and was appointed assistant treasurer of the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad Company until the company went into receivership. Soon after, he was appointed auditor of the Chicago, Lake Huron Railroad. Ransom married Mary E. Mottram and they had seven children. He was active in the Masonic Lodge and Lawrence Board of Education. Ransom died February 1, 1908 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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