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.