Ron Smith: Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General

Historian Ron Smith discussed his new book Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General, which takes readers back to Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War to show how Thomas Ewing Jr. and his family played pivotal roles in the history of Kansas, Missouri, and the nation. Highlights of Ewing's life include the defeat of the Lecompton constitution, which would have brought Kansas into the Union as a slave state; Order No. 11 that removed southern sympathizers from four counties around Kansas City in retaliation for Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas; and his post-war career as a supporter of Southern landowners and former officers, although he'd served as a Union brigadier general.

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