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September 24, 1992


Historic re-enactors representing Missourians and two filmmakers will join a Quantrill's Raid tour scheduled to stop in Lawrence on Saturday.

According to historian Thomas Goodrich, who will lead the tour, re-enactors and filmmakers will speak to the group after lunch at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.

Quantrill and his men burned the hotel in 1863.

Goodrich is a Lawrence native who was raised in Lecompton and now lives in Topeka and whose book on the raid, "Bloody Dawn," was published last year.

The tour is sponsored by the Kansas City Civil War Roundtable and the Westport Historical Society, and follows a May visit to Lawrence by members of the Roundtable.

The group is to leave at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Harris-Kearney House in midtown Kansas City, Mo., and roughly retrace the route of Quantrill's raiders' to Lawrence and back to Missouri.

When they arrive in Lawrence, Goodrich said, they will stop at the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum to see its Quantrill exhibit before lunching at the Eldridge. At least part of the group will walk from the museum, at 1047 Mass., to the hotel.

He said the re-enactors will portray a Missouri farm woman and a bushwhacker-turned-guerrilla. Under questioning by a moderator, the woman will relate her experiences during raids in Missouri by Kansas Jayhawkers and Red Legs.

The bushwhacker, which Goodrich noted is "the first, incidentally, to step foot in Lawrence in over 129 years," will explain why he became a guerrilla and why he came to Lawrence to murder and burn. A question-and-answer period will follow their presentations.

Filmmakers are Ron Casteel, a former ABC-TV anchorman in San Francisco and now a documentary film producer, and Matthew Clark, whose last movie was "Da," filmed in Ireland with Martin Sheen.

Goodrich said Casteel was planning an hour-long movie on guerrilla warfare along the Missouri-Kansas border in which Lawrence is to figure prominently, and Clark is studying the possibility of doing a feature- length production on the Lawrence Massacre.

Goodrich said all 100 seats on two tour buses had been sold. He said proceeds from the event would go to the Battle of Westport Fund, which supports restoration of the site of the biggest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.

He added that another Quantrill-related event planned this fall is the Quantrill Society's Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 reunion at Wallace Grove, Independence, Mo., where veteran bushwhackers held their reunions at the turn of the century. There, he said, new material on Quantrill's death is expected to be revealed.

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