'Kansas, Bloody Kansas' Next Focus of the American Civil War in the West Series at OldWestNewWest.Com

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Pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces fighting over statehood, Quantrill's savage raid on the town of Lawrence, and Union Army forces defeating Confederates at the Battle of Mine Creek are just part of the story of Kansas and the Civil War in the November issue of OldWestNewWest.Com as the Internet eZine continues its look at how the war reached into the West.

Pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces fighting over statehood, Quantrill's savage raid on the town of Lawrence, and Union Army forces defeating Confederates at the Battle of Mine Creek are just part of the story of Kansas and the Civil War in the November issue of OldWestNewWest.Com (http://www.oldwestnewwest.com) as the Internet eZine continues its look at how the war reached into the West.

"The nation watched as the two sides of the slavery issue struggled and shed blood in the territory," said Mike Harris, OldWestNewWest.Com editor. "It's no wonder that some say the Civil War actually started in Kansas, and that the territory was the match that touched off the national powder keg," Harris added.

To see how Kansas fits in the story of the American Civil War in the West, you have to look at it in two ways; first as a territory and then as a state, Harris said.

"In our report we look at how Kansas Territory helped open up the way West, and then after Kansas became a free state, how it became a battleground for fierce guerrilla fighting on both sides. We also look at the only major engagement between Union and Confederate forces in 1864 at the Battle of Mine Creek," he added.

The November issue also looks at the 100th anniversary of Los Angeles' Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the controversy over where the world-class collection will be kept, as well as a profile of the new chief historian for the National Park Service, Dr. Robert Sutton.

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