Cinders and Silence
Cinders and Silence provides the first chronicle of Missouri's 'Burnt District.' Between 1854 and 1870, three western Missouri border counties plunged from prosperity to devastation, and the Kansas Territory intensified during the Civil War. Revenge driven, Kansas leveled western Missouri between 1861 and 1863. In August 1863, William Quantrill's retaliatory raid on Lawrence, Kansas triggered General Orders No. 11. Within six weeks the district suffered depopulation and total destruction. Historical silence shrouded the tragedy for decades.