Baxter Springs Massacre

Baxter Springs Massacre (HMPBF)

Location: Riverton, KS 66770 Cherokee County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 4.013', W 94° 43.585'

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On October 6, 1863, Gen. James Blunt and about 100 men were met near Baxter's 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 sites 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 Fort Leavenworth-Fort Gibson military road. For several years it was important as a trading center for Texas cattle.
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HM NumberHMPBF
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
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Marker Number49
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 346518 N 4103685
Decimal Degrees37.06688333, -94.72641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 4.013', W 94° 43.585'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 4' 0.78" N, 94° 43' 35.10" W
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Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700-798 57th Dr, Riverton KS 66770, US
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