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At polar political extremes were the abolitionists and pro-slavery Southerners.

In 1854, Kansas was a territory, sparsely settled but a strong candidate for statehood under provisions of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which left the decision of slavery up to the residents of the territory.

He demonstrated this in 1860 by heading a posse that hanged two unfortunate Missourians caught trying to return fugitive slaves to their masters.

Bushwhackers were cut from much the same cloth, but that cloth was butternut instead of blue. Some Bushwhackers were semi-legitimate soldiers, even grudgingly acknowledged as such by the Confederate Army.

Violence grew in scale three days later when a band of about 800 ruffians assaulted Lawrence.

Among their leaders was fire-breathing Missouri Senator David Rice Atchison, dubbed ‘Staggering Davy’ by some for his alleged fondness for hard drink.

But Jayhawkers were very real, indeed, in the days leading up to the Civil War.

A Jayhawker was one of a band of anti-slavery, pro-Union guerrillas coursing about Kansas and Missouri, impelled by substantially more malice than charity.

This dark soul is epitomized by two words: Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers.