Mizzou bar still plans to ‘celebrate’ Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence

ImageThe Black & Gold Tavern, a Westport bar known for its Mizzou allegiance and formerly  known as the News Room, is moving forward with its plans to “celebrate” the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on a Lawrence, which killed upwards of 200 men and boys. The raid is also known as the Lawrence Massacre.

In January, owner Zack Cartwright hinted at taking a busload of Mizzou fans to Lawrence, promising to “leave the matches at home.”

No word on if that’ll happen, but the bar’s Facebook page lays out the details of next Wednesday’s party to “commemorate Missouri’s most decisive road victory”:

“On August 21, 1863, Capt. William C. Quantrill led a band of Missouri partisan rangers on a daring raid of Lawrence, Kansas. The raiders sought vengeance for murders and other terrorist acts that had been committed by Jayhawkers and Redlegs, including the looting and burning of numerous Missouri farms and the town of Osceola. Even then, Lawrence was the nest of Jayhawker activity. And it was Lawrence that burned that day.

“Just as KU chooses to honor the memories of murderers and thieves through the naming of its athletic teams, we will celebrate the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid. Join us for an evening of music, food & drink specials, etc.”

It’s unclear if the “etc” includes arson and the murder of children, but we’ll just have to wait and see!

UPDATE: The Black & Gold Tavern’s owner, Zack Cartwright, adds this in the comments:

“FYI, the ‘etc’ includes a presentation by Quantrill historian and author Paul Petersen. Those who are interested in learning the truth are welcome to come hear Mr. Petersen at 7:00. Those who are offended are free to stay home or wait for the bus.”

Petersen has written three books about Quantrill, including “Quantrill at Lawrence: the Untold Story,” in which he “methodically explains the sacking of Lawrence, and his book will remain long a largely incontrovertible indictment of the Jayhawkers.” He is a member of the William Clarke Quantrill Society, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to the study of the Border War and the War of Northern Aggression on the Missouri-Kansas border with an emphasis on the lives of Quantrill, his men, his supporters, his adversaries, and the resulting historical record.”

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33 comments

  1. mastersargent

    You should stop taking liberties with your historical account of the jayhawkers. Your article makes it seem as if the people of Kansas were terrorists and murderous lynch mobs. You know that is wrong.

  2. sweet irony

    “Just as KU chooses to honor the memories of murderers and thieves through the naming of its athletic teams” said the people named after one of nature’s most brutal murderers.

  3. Zach Cartwright

    Thanks for publicizing our event. Its obvious that some of your readers are unwilling to accept historical fact. Even the Wikipedia site linked by LGS describes jayhawkers as murderers and robbers. FYI, the “etc” includes a presentation by Quantrill historian and author Paul Petersen. Those who are interested in learning the truth are welcome to come hear Mr. Petersen at 7:00. Those who are offended are free to stay home or wait for the bus.

    • TR

      How about this for accepting a historical fact… a primary source from days after the raid.

      http://www.kansasnewspapers.org/article.php?id=4399

      Here is an excerpt:
      One of the first persons out was Col. Deitzler. “The sight that met us when coming out, I cannot describe. I have read of outrages committed in the so-called dark ages and, horrible as they appeared to me, they sink into insignificance in comparison with what I was then compelled to witness. Well-known citizens were lying in front of the spot where their stores or residences had been completely roasted. The bodies were crisped and nearly black. We thought at first that they were all negroes, till we recognized some of them. In handling the dead bodies, pieces of roasted flesh would remain in our hands. Soon our strength failed us in this horrible and sickening work. Many could not help crying like children. Women and little children were all over town hunting for their husbands and fathers, and sad indeed was the scene when they did finally find them among the corpses laid out for recognition…”

      You’ll notice from the Wikipedia article that LGS cited that a Jayhawker murders “rebels in arms against the government” not women, children and freedman in the streets. As compared with a red-leg which was the murderous thief. KU is the home of the Jayhawks, not the red-legs.

      Mizzou fans, classless as ever.

    • heatherkay

      As soon as I read that he was an expert on the “War of Northern Aggression,” I knew pretty much everything I needed to know.

      • LGS

        Absolutely. Nothing like a little slant to a story. And for the record. I am NOT a Jayhawk Fan…but I am a fan of American History. This is just a tasteless PR grab plain and simple. They want the MU/KU rivalry to remain, but fact is… it died when Mizzou left for the SEC.

      • M Montour

        Exactly. His book has no historic scholarly merit. It’s actually laughed at because it is so delsuional.

  4. James Franklin

    Holy Jesus. Celebrating the murder of 200 people is about as disgusting of an act as there can be. I know the history. I don’t care. That’s absolutely disgraceful.

  5. Proud Hawker

    All I know is that if I ever have to take a big $hit, I’m stopping by this place and it’s going in the tank.

  6. danialrinehart1

    Leave it to MU fans to glorify a psychopath who murdered in defense of slavery. It’s certainly not a surprise.

    I wonder how they celebrate April 20th? Maybe goosestep to a synagogue?

  7. Jake

    Well good for them…finally have SOMETHING to celebrate. Maybe someday they can celebrate something successful that’s more recent and sports related, but I doubt it.

  8. Pete

    So this is a bar owner’s response to KU’s mascot? To celebrate a horrifying event? Do you also celebrate other mass murders and acts of terror? Mr. Cartwright should seriously consider these actions. He should also consider utilizing a very elementary idea, which is two wrongs don’t make a right.

  9. Bob Lee

    Seriously, The Raid should simply be Learned from. It was 150 years ago…..hopefully in that time we have learned what not to do. I find the history interesting. I do think the Bar Celebration is Tasteless however & inappropiate. Now if there was an event to remember the victims, that might be better…..but once again, 150 yrs ago.

  10. Lou Harro

    I am the descendent of a victim of the atrocity. After the raid, his brother-in-law brought the lifeless body home to his young widow and three small children. There were13 bullet holes in the “BACK” of his jacket. Draw your own conclusion about the civility of this event.

  11. John Speer

    There IS an event to remember the victims, in Lawrence’s South Park tonight, Sunday August 18, at 6:30. Names will be read, a professional historian with no connections to neo-Confederate web sites will briefly speak, and there will be a free concert by the Lawrence City Band. And free ice cream. Really, no comparison with misguided gin merchants who think they’re doing right by their “team.”

  12. Lou

    I am the descendent of a victim of the atrocity. After the raid, his brother-in-law brought the lifeless body home to his young widow and three small children. There were13 bullet holes in the “BACK” of his jacket. Draw your own conclusion about the civility of the event.

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  15. M Montour

    Paul Peterson is a hack author. His book is laughed at by true historians. His “Rave reviews” on the jacket of his book are from a fiction writer of no real repute and a journalism professor. No historians. Any real examination of his “study” leads a person to snicker and toss the book in the trash. The book is fiction based on his neo-Confederate imaginings. I believe his next book will be probably be called “Misunderstanding at Appomattox: The South Actually Won” since he believes that printing revisionist history makes it true.

  16. M Montour

    And let’s remember that the citizens of Lawrence were largely unarmed. Their weapons were locked in a single location and Quantrill secured this – then set to killing unarmed people and no one in uniform. 80 women widowed. 250 children without a father. Tell me how this compares to anything done in Oseola. Meanwhile, Lawrence held a book launch tonight that recognized the pain caused on both sides of the border. Lawrence: Class This bar that wants to exploit an atrocity denounced by BOTH the North and South: Zero class

  17. M Montour

    And remember. If you go to this crap event at a nothing bar…..bring your hood and robe and your first drink is free! Big meth discount!

  18. K Jayhawk

    KU doesn’t “honor murderers” by having a Jayhawk as its mascot, it honors history and local tradition, which is actually fairly common amongst university mascots. Jayhawkers didn’t start out as a group of people set on destroying Missouri and it’s people, they set out to act as a defensive line against pro-slavery Missourians who would come into free territory to disrupt local communities and kidnap free people. So let’s not confuse history here, but understand that while Jayhawkers acted largely in defense of Kansas (though not always, that is true), Missouri’s pro-slavery factions and William Quantrill acted offensively, purposefully riding into Kansas to be destructive even when the people of Kansas did nothing to provoke them.

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