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This letter was written by John Stillman Brown from Lawrence, Kansas, addressed to John L. Rupur. Brown gives a detailed and emotional account of William Quantrill's August 21, 1863, raid on Lawrence. Brown lists individual men and groups such as African Americans and Germans who were killed in the attack. He witnessed much of the violence from a hill above the city, and describes the destruction of life and property. Brown mentions that the town had no warning before the attack and that there was a second panic the following evening when townspeople feared another raid. He also describes how the community's churches came together for a memorial service. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.

Creator: Brown, John Stillman, 1806-1902
Date: September 1, 1863

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Item Number: 220191
Call Number: John Stillman Brown Coll. #300, Box 2, Correspondence 1863
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 220191

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