Re: Best Union Anti bushwacker unit?
Hi Leonard. I think those are the same "boys" I'm referring to. If you will check, you'll find that they made a grave mistake of storing their weapons over a block away from their tents. According to the most reliable accounts I have found most of the young men were the enemy, not just innocent young boys. Two of these camps were the Second Colored Regiment and the Fourteenth Kansas Regiment according to information provided by Donald L. Gilmore, author of "Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border". Mr. Gilmore cited William Elsey Connelley, John Shea (1879) and S.W. Brewster (1898) for this information. As with all military actions of this size, there were probably some unwanted casualties but I believe those have been greatly exaggerated by the same people who refer to it as the "Lawrence Massacre". I would appreciate it, though, if you would provide some of the names and documentation for other "young boys" killed that day at Lawrence.