The New York Herald

August 13, 1862

From Missouri we learn that Independence was captured by the rebels, 1,500 strong, under Colonels Hughes and Quantrell, after an hour fighting. There is great excitement at Lexington, and every one is arming for the conflict

August 22, 1863

We learn from Leavenworth, Kansas, that a band of rebel guerillas made a descent on Lawrence on the night of the 20th inst., and pillaged the town, finally setting it on fire and destroying it.

August 23, 1863

The raid of guerillas, under the robber chief Quantrell, upon the town the Lawrence, Kansas, which we published yesterday, proves to have been a most bloody and cruel affair. the marauders spared neither sex nor age. The list of killed numbers one hundred and eighty, and nearly every house in the town was destroyed. Most of the victims were killed in their own houses, with their wives and children clinging around them. The details of this terrible affair, which we publish in another column, are most harrowing. The rebel chief, after perpetrating the barbarous act, retreated to Missouri with his gang. The people of Lawrence, it appears, were wholly unprepared for this sudden attack, and they received no assistance from the military in the district, until too late to avert the calamity.

August 26, 1863

The guerillas of the rebel chief Quantrell, who did such terrible destruction in the town of Lawrence, Kansas, after retreating from that place dispersed at the Grand river, separating in various directions, pursued by our troops. We give today still further details of the harrowing scenes at Lawrence.

August 27, 1863

Affairs in Kansas and on the Missouri border are assuming a serious aspect. It is reported that Jim Lane has returned to Lawrence, where he is organizing a force to make a raid into Missouri. Gen. Ewing has given notice to the inhabitants of the border within fifteen days, and at last accounts several buildings in Cass county were in flames, and upwards of a hundred people were reported killed. Martial law had been proclaimed in Leavenworth. The burial of the dead in Lawrence showed that one hundred and eighty-three had fallen victims to the rebel massacre. The merchants and others of neighboring towns were contributing sums of money to rebuild Lawrence, and the work is now progressing.

August 28, 1863

The guerillas of the inhuman chief Quantrell are being hunted through the woods and mountains of the border counties of Missouri. Most of the horses and plunder they took from Lawrence have been recovered, and many of the ruffians have
been killed. The houses in which the stolen property was concealed are being destroyed by order of General Ewing, who is determined to root out all the disloyal inhabitants on the borders of Kansas.

September 1, 1863

Lieutenant Colonel Clarke, of the Ninth Kansas cavalry, returned to Kansas City on Sunday from the pursuit of the rebel chief Quantrell, through the counties of Cass, Jackson and Johnson, Mo. Other parties of our troops have also returned. The number of the guerillas killed amounts in all to over one hundred.

September 1, 1863 - Editorial

THE MASSACRE AT LAWRENCE. - It is in invidious thing to be compelled to urge anything in opposition to such appeals as those which are being made to our community on behalf of the sufferers at Lawrence. Feeling must, however, in this instance, give place to duty. The people of Kansas have brought these horrors upon themselves, and they are already engaged in reprisals as barbarous as those of which they complain. It is sad to reflect that a nation of thirty millions of people, boasting a civilization like ours, should be disgraced by such acts of savagery. It would be as unfair, however, to make our people at large responsible for them as it is to ask us to come forward to the relief of those who have had their turn of suffering. To a few fanatics and arch-traitors on both sides, to Wade, Wilson and Sumner, to Greeley, Garrison and Wendell Phillips, at the North, and to Jeff. Davis, John Slidell, J. P. Benjamin, J. B. Floyd, W. L. Yancey, and Toombs, of Georgia, at the South, belongs the guilt of originating these atrocities. The hand of God has already been laid heavily on some of them, and the hand of man will do justice to the rest. As to these border ruffians, let them fight it out. We have enough to do here at the North in aiding to put down the rebellion, without taxing ourselves to repair the injuries they may choose to wreak on each other.  

January 5, 1864

A despatch from Leavenworth yesterday states that advices from the South say a fight occurred on December 18, near Fort Gibson, in the Cherokee country, between one thousand rebels, under Quantrell, and Colonel Phillips, of the Indian Brigade. The fight lasted several hours, and resulted in the complete defeat of the rebels, who scattered in all directions, leaving fifty killed and wounded on the field. Our loss is reported to be small.

April 29, 1864

The rebel Quantrell is reported to have crossed the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers on the night of the 26th, and to be moving into Kansas.

September 13, 1864

The capture of the rebel guerilla and raider Quantrell is announced to have been recently effected in Indianapolis. He was there in disguise and was recognized on the street by a refugee.

October 24, 1864

General Curtis, in a despatch from Kansas City, Missouri, dated at six oon last Saturday evening, says that he had been pressed all that day by the rebels, and in the afternoon they succeeded in passing his flank, when he dealt them heavy blows. He had just received a message from General Pleasanton, who was engaged with the enemy rear. General Blunt, who occupied Lexington in the early part of last week, was attacked by Price, with a overwhelming force, on Wednesday, and driven out. Blunt fell back to the Little Blue river, fighting desperately all the way, and retarding Price's advance. Skirmishing continued between the Little and Big Blue all day Thursday and Friday. Price must have a very considerable force, as he appears to be able to keep up fighting in different directions at the same time. His main army, which has recently been estimated at twenty-eight or thirty thousand, has no doubt been largely increased since his arrival in Missouri, by means of his inexorable conscription wherever he goes, and by a proclamation which he issued some time ago declaring amnesty to all deserters who would rejoin him. On the promulgation of this proclamation many of the scoundrels who had been bushwhacking throughout the State flocked to his camps. The outlaws Quantrell, Jackman, Bill Anderson and Holtzelaw all, it is said, now have commands in his army. The first named, who is notorious for his murders and incendiarism at Lawrence, Kansas, as well as for a long list of other outrages, holds a brigadier generalship.