Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Civil War in Kansas Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:26:25 GMT A Kansas player in the Civil War http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/A-Kansas-player-in-the-Civil-War/444/ Fort Scott has a unique history that follows the growing pains of our country in the middle of the 1800s. The National Historic Site recently marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but the history of the Army’s presence in the area stretches back to a time when the western edge of Missouri marked the division between white and Indian settlements.  Wed, 27 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/A-Kansas-player-in-the-Civil-War/444/ Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/Kansas-1861-Decision-Leads-to-Civil-War/154/ In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.Long before the war began, “Bleeding Kansas” had etched its struggles into the souls of a nation. Today, the battlefields, massacres, burnings and all-out border wars in 29 counties in eastern Kansas and 12 counties in western Missouri are designated the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. From the Underground Railroad to the Lecompton Constitution, the FFNHA showcases the region’s contributions to the struggle for equality and provides a rich learning experience for people of all ages. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/21/Kansas-1861-Decision-Leads-to-Civil-War/154/