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Baxter Springs Massacre

Kansas State Historical Marker
Cherokee County
US-69 Alternate, Cherokee County
Roadside turnout, 2 miles north of Baxter Springs
      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.