Our Jayhawker friends over at Kansas University have really stepped in it now, especially after proudly unveiling “Jayhawker” football uniforms that supposedly pay tribute to Colonel Charles Jennison and his 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Read more at the Kansas City Star at Jayhawker Uniforms.
Yeah, maybe ten years ago they could have claimed ignorance to their “cute” little Jayhawk mascot, but after recent news, it’s obvious they know exactly where the history of their name comes from. And with a vile history of theft, murder, terrorism and war crimes that would make any third world war criminal blush, it’s hardly something to be proud of. Especially in light of the left’s insensitive and intolerant campaign to remove civil war era veterans monuments that they claim are somehow offensive.
There’s quite a lot of evidence listing the atrocities and outright barbaric actions of Jayhawker soldiers and federal troops throughout the region. The famous artist, George Caleb Bingham (featured in the parody artwork above), painted Order No. 11 as a response to the treatment of Missourians by Federal troops (which includes General Ewing watching over the Red Legs / Jayhawkers) as they murder and forcibly evacuate, burn and loot four counties. Below is just a small sampling of the documentation out there.
In 1863, Platte County is disarmed and left as prey to marauding outlaws. Federal jayhawkers bear forged military orders, search houses, barns and stables for arms, and rob and hang the people. Although the Federal militia is active in suppressing bushwhackers, they seem to give little concern toward thieves and murderers. Pgs 336 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”
Halleck directed General Pope to drive out Jennison’s Jayhawks as, “They are no better than a band of robbers; they cross the line, rob, steal, plunder and burn whatever they can lay their hands upon. They disgrace the name and uniform of American soldiers and are driving good Union men into the ranks of the secession army.” The War of the Rebellion, 1883, Series 1 Volume VIII (pg 507)
It’s reported that Jayhawkers H.H. Moore and H.D. Fisher were “freeing” Missouri slaves so they could take them back to Kansas for cheap labor and work as indentured servants. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg. 72)
Union men kill 17 year old Al Carter. After shooting him from his saddle, they shot out his eyes and scalped him. (scalping was a brutal practice that was said to have been committed numerous times by federal troops along the Missouri/Kansas border) William Gregg Manuscript
Guerrilla leader William Anderson was beheaded and his head attached to a telegraph pole in the town of Richmond.
James C. Horton of Lawrence describes the capture of a guerrilla by the name of Skaggs, who was shot off his horse. A man tied a rope around his neck and drug him through the streets of Lawrence until the body was nude and terribly mutilated. The body was then hanged and further mutilated by cutting it with knives, shooting and throwing rocks, etc. Joanne C. Eakin and Donald R. Hale, Branded as Rebels
After the collapse of a makeshift prison that killed a number of women in Kansas City on August 13, 1863 (which was said to have been intentionally done by federal captors as revenge against southern resistance), John McCorkle writes, “This foul murder was the direct cause of the famous raid on Lawrence, Kansas. We could stand no more. Imagine, if you can, my feelings. A loved sister foully murdered and the widow of a dead brother seriously hurt by a set of men to whom the name assassins, murderers and cutthroats would be a compliment. People abuse us, but, by God, did we not have enough to make us desperate and thirst for revenge? We tried to fight like soldiers, but were declared outlaws, hunted under a ‘Black Flag’ and murdered like beasts. The homes of our friends burned, our aged sires, who dared sympathize with us had been either hung or shot in the presence of their families and all their furniture and provisions loaded in wagons and with our livestock taken to the state of Kansas. The beautiful farming country of Jackson County, Cass County and Johnson County were worse than a desert, and on every hillside stood lone blackened chimneys, sad sentinels and monuments to the memory of our once happy homes. And these outrages had been done by Kansas troops, calling themselves soldiers, but a disgrace to the name soldier. And now our innocent and beautiful girls had been murdered in the most foul, brutal, save and damnable manner.” William Gregg Manuscript
In late 1861, state and county officials have refused to take the Federal Oath, and are forcibly removed. W.M. Paxton notes that the military has permitted outlaws to steal without hindrance (near New Market) and that Union troops frequently forage off the people of Platte City. General David Hunter, stationed at Fort Leavenworth, begins his campaign to round up those with Southern Sympathies in Platte County, and orders county leaders to deliver up or drive out the guerrilla leader Silas Gordon – or Hunter would lay waste to the County. When Paxton suggests that he has no power, under the Constitution to do so, Hunter’s reply is “Damn the Constitution!” Pgs 316-319 W.M. Paxton’s “Annals of Platte County”
In Jackson County, 13 year old John Fox, who had a brother with Quantrill, was shot and killed by Federals while his sister and mother had hold of him and begged for his life. He was charged with feeding his brother. Quantrill and the Border Bars, Connelley 1910
Federals also killed 14 year old James Nicholson because he had two brothers with Price. 35 year old Henry Morris was serving with Col. Upton Hays when Federals rode up to his house and killed his 11 year old son. Quantrill of Missouri, Petersen (pg 240)
In August of 1864, Dr. Joseph Walker is met on the road by a group of men from Leavenworth, and taken into the woods and shot. Dr. Thomas L. Thomas, a favorite of Camden Point, and David Gregg, an old and highly esteemed farmer, are also recorded as recently murdered for their Southern Sympathies Pg. 372-392, W.M. Paxton’s Annals of Platte County”
Near Independence at the farm of Amos Blythe, Federal troops encountered 12 year old Theodore at home. They threatened the boy with hanging if they didn’t tell them what they wanted to know. Theodore managed to escape, and the troops opened fire. He grabbed a gun inside the family home, and ran for the nearby woods. However, the boy was wounded and fell to the ground. He reportedly shot the first federal that came up to him, and wounded two others as they approached. Before he could fire a fourth time, his body was riddled with bullets. Quantrill, Harrison Trow, 1923
Stand up for liberty and our Missouri veterans with an awesome shirt or coffee mug! Check out the Keytesville Mercantile Store!