Fighting between pro- and antislavery factions began in the Kansas territory even before the official start of the Civil War in 1861. With conflict beginning upon the territory’s bid for statehood and continuing until the end of the Civil War, “Bleeding Kansas” was the battleground for local militias and guerrilla fighters. Kansas historian Roy Bird explores the history of Kansas in the Civil War and describes the war’s effects on the state and its residents. Civil War in Kansas also examines the roles played by William Clarke Quantrill, Jim Lane, “Red Leg” Charles Jennison, and Gen. James Blunt.
About the Author
Roy Bird has been a lifelong resident of Kansas, graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history and earning a second master’s in library science from Emporia State University. Bird has worked for many colleges and libraries throughout Kansas and has been a freelance writer since 1974. He is a regular contributer to America’s Civil War and Military History and writes a monthly book-review column in Kansas Libraries. Currently, Bird works for the Kansas State Library and is an adjunct professor at Washburn University. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm near Auburn, Kansas.
CIVIL WAR IN KANSAS
By Roy Bird
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
112 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
20 illustrations Map Bibliography Index
ISBN: 9781589801646 pb