August 24, 2008

This Week in Kansas History

Aug. 25, 1863: In response to William Quantrill's confederate burning and killing spree in Lawrence, the equally infamous Order No. 11 is issued by Union Gen. Thomas Ewing. It calls for the expulsion of thousands of non-Unionist Missourians living near the Kansas border and the burning of their lands. Residents living within a mile of the any town in Bates, Cass, Jackson and Vernon counties of Missouri are spared.

Aug. 26, 1932: Future astronaut Joe Engle is born in Chapman. He joined NASA after receiving his aeronautical engineering degree from The University of Kansas in 1955. While he becomes an astronaut in 1966, he doesn't go into space until 1981. Engle came back to Kansas and joined the Kansas Air National Guard after retiring from NASA.

Aug. 30, 1856: Proslavery raiders defeat a free-state group under the command of John Brown in the second Battle of Osawatomie in Miami County. Brown takes a personal loss in the fight when his son, Frederick, is killed.

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