BAXTER SPRINGS MASSACRE
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
N 37° 04.032 W 094° 43.572
15S E 346538 N 4103720
Quick Description: BAXTER SPRINGS MASSACRE SITE
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2006 5:19:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMW7H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Four For All
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Long Description:
On October 6,1863, General James Blunt and about 100 men were met near Baxter Springs by William Quantrill and several hundred Confederates masquerading as Union troops. As Blunt's band was preparing a musical salute the enemy fired. This surprise attack prevented organized resistance, and though Blunt escaped nine-tenths of his men were killed.

US-69 Alternate, Cherokee County
Roadside turnout, 2 miles north of Baxter Springs
Marker Name: BAXTER SPRINGS MASSACRE

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
On October 6,1863, General James Blunt and about 100 men were met near Baxter Springs by William Quantrill and several hundred Confederates masquerading as Union troops. As Blunt's band was preparing a musical salute the enemy fired. This surprise attack prevented organized resistance, and though Blunt escaped nine-tenths of his men were killed. The raiders also attacked Lt. James Pond and 95 men encamped at the springs.This force was likewise caught off guard but resisted until the enemy retired. These battle sights are in present Baxter Springs.Some of the victims are buried in the National cemetery one mile west of town. Baxter Springs was established in 1866 on the Ft. Leavenworth-Ft.Gibson military road. For several years it was important as a trading center for Texas cattle. Erected by the Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commision


Marker Location: Cherokee

Official Marker Number: 49

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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