The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Cross-border incursions became all too common after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. In one instance, a band of abolitionist Quakers from Lawrence, Kansas, intended to raid the residence of slaveholder Morgan Walker, but his son had been tipped off prior to their arrival by one of the men in the party. This gave Walker’s son time to organize an ambush that left five members of the raiding party dead or wounded. The sixth member of the raiders was William Quantrill, who played the part of the informant and was left unharmed. Quantrill would later become one of the most admired—and hated—guerrilla leaders in Civil War Missouri.