Bloody Dawn - The Story

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On August 21, 1863, William Quantrill and his men entered Lawrence, Kansas, with the intent of burning and killing. By mid-morning, their work was done, leaving the town in flames and over 150 unarmed civilian males dead. This documentary combines historical discussion with a reenactment of the actions surrounding that day.

The film was produced by Lone Chimney Films of Wichita, KS, based on the book Bloody Dawn, The Story of the Lawrence Massacre by Thomas Goodrich. The teaser trailer can be seen on youtube

This collection of images presents the story through scenes drawn from the production. A related set of pictures The Making of Bloody Dawn presents the actions of the movie makers and talent during preparation and filming and Bloody Dawn - Out-Takes presents the cuts and cut-ups from the filming of Bloody Dawn.

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This collection consists of 30 distinct stereo views. These can either be ordered separately or as
  • complete boxed stereo set (all 30 views in a storage box)
  • half stereo set (15 views including 01, 03, 05, 06, 08, 09, 12, 15, 17, 20,
    22, 24, 25, 27, and 30)
  • highlights stereo set (8 views including 08, 09, 12, 20, 22, 25, 27, and 30)

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Bloody Dawn 01

William Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, George Todd others discuss raiding Lawrence. Revenge was planned for abolitionist forays, Jayhawker raids, the destruction of Osceola, and most recently, the death of and maiming of the Missouri in the collapse of the Kansas City jail.

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Raiders gather for the ride from Missouri into the heart of Kansas.

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Crossing into Kansas on the evening of August 20, 1863, over 450 raiders ride all to reach Lawrence at dawn, August 21, 1863.

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Crossing into Kansas on the evening of August 20, 1863, over 450 raiders ride all to reach Lawrence at dawn, August 21, 1863.

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Union soldiers are alerted to the presence of the raiders. The tracks show them heading west toward Lawrence.

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The Indian Scout Pelathe is charged with racing ahead to warn Lawrence. He arrives after the raid has begun.

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Raiders approach the farm of the Reverend Sam Snyder. Snyder is soon dispatched with a bullet to the chest.

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Quantrill is here!

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Bloody Dawn 09

As the raiders entered town, one group rode into a camp of young recruits. To the cry Osceola! Kansas City! Remember the girls! the recruits were shot down.

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Arthur Spicer, spots the Raiders as they enter town. Spicer was later forced to point out the homes of men wanted by the Raiders.

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Raiders clear the Eldridge Hotel.

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Steve Dix is shot leaving the Johnson House hotel.

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The raiders came prepared with a list of names - "Who we want" - the Kansans they came to kill.

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Raiders enter Jim Lane's house.

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The Lane family is held at gunpoint while the Raiders "liberate" the senator's belongings,

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Sallie Young, the seamstress for the Eldridge Hotel, is forced to point out men and identify homes.

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Elizabeth Fisher begged for help to save her home and her husband. The Reverend Fisher was hiding in the cellar when the Raiders came

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Raiders visit Judge Carpenter. He greeted them and then, with great control and calm, sent them away.

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On the third visit of the Raiders, Judge Carpenter was shot for being from New York.

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Judge Carpenter was shot in his wife Mary's arms for being from New York.

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The raiders rode all night to reach Lawrence. Plundered alcohol coupled with this fatigue, added to the mayhem.

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Quantrill surveyed his work."How many of the men on my list have we been able to kill?"

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Bloody Dawn 23

Sam Riggs delivered his money to Skaggs. He was saved from death when his wife Kate grabed Skaggs's horse's bridle.

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Larkin Skaggs, older and more violent than most of the other raiders, tied a Union flag to his horse's tail and dragged it through town.

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Approaching the City Hotel, Skaggs called everyone out and then shot a man from Ohio for "being worse than Kansas". Nathan Stone, the owner, was then shot while pleading with Skaggs.

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The Eldridge House was looted from "cellar to garret".

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As the killing and looting continued, the torch came out to finish the destruction.

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The final task remaining to the Raiders was to return to the Missouri border.

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Major Preston Plumb and about 50 cavalry followed the trail of burning after the Raiders departed.

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As the cries ceased and the smoke cleared, the citizens of Lawrence turned to burying the dead.

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