Memorial to victims of Quantrill’s Raid, other Civil War events on tap for Saturday
photo by: Nick Krug
A memorial service honoring the victims of William Quantrill’s deadly 1863 raid of Lawrence will take place Saturday morning as part of the city’s Civil War on the Western Frontier event.
Community leaders will read the names of the victims of Quantrill’s Raid at a 10 a.m. event at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla leader from Missouri, led a band of men into Lawrence on Aug. 21, 1863. He burned much of the town and killed approximately 185 men and boys.
The Civil War on the Western Frontier event is held annually near the date of the raid, and the reading of the victims’ names is a staple of the event. A keynote speech by historian Harry S. Laver, who has written books on the Civil War, including “A General Who Will Fight: The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant,” will follow the memorial. Admission to both the memorial and the keynote address are free.
Watkins and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host several other events, including:
• “Songs of the Civil War” at 1 p.m. at Watkins. Free admission.
• Walking tours of Lawrence and key sites of Quantrill’s Raid beginning at Watkins Museum at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are $30, and advance registration is requested at watkinsmuseum.org.
• A walking tour of “Rebuilding of Lawrence” begins at the Eldridge Hotel at Seventh and Massachusetts streets at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30, and advance registration is requested at watkinsmuseum.org.