To the editor:
The 150th remembrance of the Aug. 21, 1863, Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence is coming soon. On Dec. 23, 1913, the Journal-World published a souvenir edition semi-centennial memorial that included eyewitness interviews.
Professor John Hoopes of Kansas University made a recent unsuccessful attempt to locate the mass grave of the Kansas army recruits massacred near Ninth and New Hampshire streets, based on an eyewitness account recorded in a KU thesis. By the New Hampshire parking garage across the street from the Lawrence Arts Center, there is a plaque commemorating the event.
Having grown up near this area during the 1930s, I share my recollections. Perhaps some yet surviving seniors may recall additional details. Until 1945, there stood two limestone obelisk grave markers about 3 feet high with a footstone list of names. It was located on a parkway lawn of a home several doors south of the Arts Center. As this area slopes downward to the north, there may have been a nearby gully. It seems possible the burial ground may be under New Hampshire Street and may have been disturbed by subsequent road, utility or sewer construction work.