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Colonel James Montgomery appointment

Colonel James Montgomery appointment
Date: June 24, 1861
This document officially appoints and commissions James Montgomery as a Colonel of the Third Regiment of Volunteers, State of Kansas--part of General Lane's Brigade. Montgomery was an obvious choice for such a post due to his experience as a Jayhawker during the Bleeding Kansas period that followed the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, as well as his ardent support of the Union at the eve of the Civil War.


General Order No. 10

General Order No. 10
Creator: Kansas. Militia
Date: August 29, 1861
General Order No. 10, dated August 29, 1861, addresses the formation and organization of the Kansas Home Guard regiment created after the issuance of Major General John C. Fremont's General Order No. 9. It also lists the superintendents who will oversee the organization of the companies from Leavenworth, Atchison, White Cloud, Hiawatha, Grasshopper Falls, Junction City, Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, and Wyandotte. In addition, General Order No. 10 mentions that Colonel W.R. Judon, of Fort Scott, is raising another regiment of Home Guards in which loyal Kansans may serve.


General Order, No. 4

General Order, No. 4
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Dept.
Date: September 1, 1861
This document outlines the basic command structure of forces under the Kansas Brigade of General James H. Lane, and Acting Assistant Adjutant General, Abram Cutler. In addition, it stresses that Kansas troops must do all in their power to respect the rights and property of fellow Kansans and all other Union supporters they might encounter during their service. Finally, this order warns against the taking of enemy property for personal gain and encourages all Kansas troops to remain vigilant in order to prevent an invasion.


General Order No. 9

General Order No. 9
Creator: Kansas. Militia
Date: August 23, 1861
General Order No. 9, issued by commander of the Western Department, United States Army, Major General John C. Fremont, authorizes Governor Robinson to raise three regiments of volunteers during the Civil War. On the three regiments, one will serve as the Home Guard while the other two will serve in New Mexico.


Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to General James H. Lane

Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to General James H. Lane
Creator: Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869
Date: August 23, 1862
This letter from U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to General James H. Lane of Kansas, addresses Kansas Governor Charles Robinson's decision to select the officers of Kansas volunteer regiments himself rather than let the men of the regiments decide. Challenging Robinson's actions, Stanton informs Lane that, if Governor Robinson refuses to abide by the wishes of the men of the regiments, President Lincoln will issue commissions to the officers they selected.


The state to be placed upon a war footing!

The state to be placed upon a war footing!
Creator: Kansas. Militia
Date: September 1863
This broadside appeared shortly after William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas. It contains Kansas governor Thomas Carney's orders directing the Kansas State Militia to muster on September 12, 1863. The text includes details such as where and when militias will muster, how they will elect their officers and non-commissioned officers, the reason for the call-up, and the terms of service related to the call-up.


T. J. Weed to Nathan P. Gregg

T. J. Weed to Nathan P. Gregg
Creator: Weed, T. J.
Date: September 12, 1862
The letter was sent by the Office of Recruiting Commission, Department of Kansas, to Mr. Nathan P. Gregg notifying him that he had been appointed as a Second Lieutenant of Company E, 11th Regiment, Kansas Volunteers. In addition, the letter directs Gregg to report with his company to Brigadier General James G. Blunt in order to be mustered into the U.S. Army.


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