Quantrill at Lawrence: The Untold Story Paul R. Petersen (Pelican Publishing, $26.95)

quantrill-at-lawerence_paul-r-petersen_kansas-missouri-border-warAs with most controversial episodes in American history, two sides exist for this story.

Paul R. Petersen takes the reader to the summer of 1863 and the boiling anger on both sides of the Kansas/Missouri border war. In detailed chapters he lays the case for why Quantrill and his cohorts raided the Kansas town, and he attempts to dispel what he calls a “misunderstood and incorrectly reported” campaign. Among his many sources are

written letters from Lawrence citizens and local newspaper coverage. A compelling read, enhanced with maps and period photographs, this book gives another voice to the other side of the controversy.

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