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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.


Henry Newman to Thomas Carney

Henry Newman to Thomas Carney
Creator: Henry Newman
Date: August 25, 1863
Henry Newton, a Kansas merchant working in Boston, Massachusetts, is responding to the news of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence. Newton uses the event to try an elicit increased protection for the citizens and businessmen of Osawatomie, Kansas. In particular, Newton requests that a company of soldiers be sent to protect that area, and he mentions that Osawatomie will house said troops rent free. Newton also explains that troops are needed because he and other businessmen will not send any more goods to Kansas as long as they feel that there is a lack of sufficient protection for their merchandise.


H.W. Farnsworth to Governor Thomas Carney

H.W. Farnsworth to Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: H.W. Farnsworth
Date: May 18, 1863
U.S. Indian Affairs agent H.W. Farnsworth's letter provides a brief account of a guerilla raid in the vicinity of Council Grove, Kansas, and the arrest of several innocent men in place of the real perpetrators who managed to escape to Missouri. In addition, Farnsworth requests that Governor Carney send forces to help protect against such raids in the future as he, and many of his fellow Unionists in the area, do not have confidence in the abilities of either the local sheriff or General James G. Blunt.


R. M. Jacks to Thomas Carney

R. M. Jacks to Thomas Carney
Creator: Jacks, R.M.
Date: June 8, 1864
Bourbon County sheriff R.M. Jacks of Fort Scott writes to Governor Thomas Carney of Topeka requesting the raising of one or two companies of One Hundred Day Men--men who served for a period of roughly 100 days in time of need. Specifically, Jacks is requesting the formation of the companies in order to deal with increased violence along the border between Kansas and Missouri.


S.A. Kingman to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson

S.A. Kingman to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson
Creator: Kingman, Samuel Austin, 1818-1904
Date: November 25, 1861
Samuel A. Kingman, a lawyer and associate justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas, wrote this letter to Governor Charles Robinson requesting a company of troops to protect the northeastern counties of Brown and Doniphan from a possible invasion from Missouri and marauding Jayhawkers.


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