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I quite often look at Wikipedia’s ‘on this day’ articles, all kinds of historical curios in there.

Today they have this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacking_of_Lawrence which is a subject I’d not heard of before in the particular and, while I suppose I would have surmised it would have existed in general, wasn’t really aware of such towns.

Anyway, it sounds like a fascinating little story and quite well suited to a game treatment. Lots of victory conditions present themselves and depending on the license one was allowed potentially very varied tactics.

Any games on this incident or similar? I suppose almost any large scale Old West gunfight could be similar.
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Judd Vance
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From the article:
"The first shot was fired from a cannon on the opposite side of Massachusetts Street by David Rice Atchison, but it failed to hit the building. About fifty shots were afterwards fired with little effect upon the solid walls."

And off in the distance, at the future location of Allen Fieldhouse, a crowd could be heard chanting, "Airball!" and "Suck it Tigers!"

I can't believe I said something pro-K.U...I think I'm going to puke. Benjro, you'd better be tipping generously with the GG if you want to see any such jibba-jabba again. (Seriously, what got into me?)
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Officially the Civil War started with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. However the east was late to the party. For many the civil war started with the Battle of Black Jack just south of Lawrence in 1856. It was the first time organized units fought over slavery with one side led by John Brown. Lawrence was the center of what became known as Bleeding Kansas. The violence came to a bloody climax in 1863 with the Lawrence Massacre when William Quantrill killed 200 men and boys in the town.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Massacre

Great book on the subject is Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era.
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I attended Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, which is the closest town to the Battle of Black Jack battlefield. A former history professor/archivist always maintained that the Battle of Black Jack was the first Battle of the Civil War.


Brian-Thanks for the book info. I've always wanted to do deeper research/reading in Civil War (moreso than the regular history lessons one gets growing up in Kansas, and I 'focused' on Contemporary US Military/Political history) and that looks like a great place to start.
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How about them Towns, Village, Cities that were 'extorted' by the 'Confederacy' during the war? I seem to recall a few that finally "paid off the Bonds" about this decades much later, for themselves on that matter.
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Perfect scenario, indeed!
I forwarded your post to my friend in Beaverlick, Wyoming:
http://beaverlick.blogspot.com/

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The vicious suffering of Bleeding Kansas is the setting of the extraordinary film, "Pharoah's Army":
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/29495/item/1414884#ite...

As IMDB comments:
"Armies are not filled with murdering psychopaths. Good people can be driven to do bad things. The story chronicles the pathology of war, how escalating events can trigger unasked-for tragedy. Based on a true story about a southern child who shot and killed a union soldier during the Civil War."
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Judd Vance
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mrbeankc wrote:
Officially the Civil War started with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. However the east was late to the party. For many the civil war started with the Battle of Black Jack just south of Lawrence in 1856. It was the first time organized units fought over slavery with one side led by John Brown. Lawrence was the center of what became known as Bleeding Kansas. The violence came to a bloody climax in 1863 with the Lawrence Massacre when William Quantrill killed 200 men and boys in the town.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Massacre

Great book on the subject is Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era.


A great book on Quantrill is The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story Of William Clarke Quantril And His Confederate Raiders by Edward E. Leslie.

Most Quantrill books have a decidedly pro-Kansas or pro-Missouri slant. I found this out when I did a research paper on him in History of Kansas class at college. Leslie isn't from Missouri or Kansas. He's from Quantrill's boyhood home (Dover, Ohio), so he has no dog in the fight, and takes a lot of bias out of it.

There were really sleazy dudes back then on both sides. (All the good folks moved to Manhattan, Ks ... thought I'd add that factoid).
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