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Historian to discuss life of Lecompton man killed in Quantrill’s raid

February 10, 2012

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Lecompton Historical Society recently received the tombstone of one of three men from the town killed in Quantrill’s Raid in 1863.

Paul Bahnmaier, the society’s president, said the tombstone — of laborer James O’Neil, born in Ireland and associated with the Free State political party — had been found about 20 years ago in a dump. It was then in a shed and a pasture.

“It’s a strange in-and-out story,” Bahnmaier said of its journey.

Historian Katie Armitage will give a talk, part of the society’s Bleeding Kansas lecture series, at 2 p.m. Sunday about the survivors of the raid that will include information about O’Neil and his family. The talk will be at Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St. in Lecompton.

“I’m delighted to tell that story,” Armitage said of O’Neil’s life.

Bahnmaier said he hoped O’Neil’s tombstone, plus those of the other two Lecompton men killed in the raid, would eventually be put in Maple Grove or Lecompton cemeteries.

Comments

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

Hoo, hoo! Maybe they didn't think anybody would come so it didn't matter.

alex_garrison 2 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence,

It's at Constitution Hall in Lecompton, 319 Elmore St.

Thanks, Alex

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

As usual, I wonder if we can have a video, and put it onto the Lawrence Journal-World web site, so that it can be seen at any time in the future.

Sarah St. John, thank you also for your post!

Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

The little museum in Lecompton is quite a "history nerd" find. Very much worth your time. Non nerd friendly as well, almost had to drag life partner out last time due to the chat friendly women who run the joint.

Volt 2 years, 10 months ago

Will someone at this newspaper please take an introductory class on writing composition? Was the historian killed? The dump had been in a shed and a pasture? Part of the tombstone was in a shed and part of it in a pasture? The town was killed in Quantrill’s Raid in 1863? The tombstone was born in Ireland? Was the tombstone found 20 years ago in a shed that was in a pasture that was a dump? Was the shed a dump that was in a pasture back 20 years ago? Or back 20 years ago there was this pasture and this pasture had a dump, and in this dump there was a shed where someone found inside the shed a tombstone? Or was there a tombstone in a pasture, and sometime later the pasture had a dump and a shed when the tombstone was found 20 years ago? Dang it!

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

I would guess that probably the person is not with the tombstone, although Katie Armitage would know for sure. If only the tombstone exists today (the body can not be found), then it could be put in either of the above cemeteries without any problem.

The tombstone itself, even without the body, is important historically.

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

I would guess that probably the person is not with the tombstone, although Katie Armitage would know for sure. If only the tombstone exists today (the body can not be found), then it could be put in either of the above cemeteries without any problem.

The tombstone itself, even without the body, is important historically.

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