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Sterling Price, President of the Missouri State Convention at St. Louis, writes Governor Charles Robinson of Topeka, Kansas with a resolution affirming states' rights. The resolution outlines Missouri's position with respect to the conflict between the federal government and those states recently seceded from the United States. The resolution proposes a peaceful solution to the conflict through the adoption of amendments to the federal constitution. The resolution also condemns the use of military force by the federal government to coerce the seceding states to return to the union. In an attempt to capture Missouri for the South, Price led a Confederate army into Kansas in October 1864 resulting in the only civil war battle on Kansas soil at Mine Creek.

Creator: Price, Sterling, 1809-1867
Date: March 22, 1861

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Price's letter to Kansas Governor Charles Robinson helps show students how delicate things were on the eve of the Civil War. More importantly, the letter can help students understand that violence was not the only option prior to the war, and that men like Price tried to find solutions to the problems of the day that did not involve the use of force or coercion. Finally, Price's letter can be used in conjunction with a discussion of Price's raid into Missouri to show how Price's thinking and actions in 1861 had changed by 1864.

KS: 7th: 2.6.: important events in Kansas during the Civil War

Item Number: 208135
Call Number: Governor's Records, Robinson, Box 1 Folder 14
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 208135

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