October 17 This day during the American Civil War

October 17, 1862 – in Shawneetown, Kansas – On October 17, Col. William Quantrill and his Confederate guerrillas charged across the prairie towards Shawneetown. Just outside the town, they encountered a Union wagon train that was heading towards Kansas City. The Confederates circled the wagon train and opened fire on them. Some 15 of the escorts and drivers were killed and the rest of them ran away. The Confederates burned the wagons.Quantrill’s men entered Shawneetown and killed 10 civilians. They then looted the stores and then burned the stores and houses. The town was virtually erased from the map.

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