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This is an incomplete list of military confrontations that have occurred within the boundaries of the modern US State of Kansas since European contact. The region was part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain from 1535–1679, New France from 1679–1803, and part of the United States of America 1803–present.

Two wars that have directly affected the region including the American Civil War (1860–1865) and the Plains Indian Wars. Kansas was also greatly affected during the Bleeding Kansas period (1855–1861) in which settlers and outsiders fought to determine whether the territory would become a free or slave state.

Battles[]

Name Date Location War Campaign Dead Belligerents
Love's Defeat[1] June 26, 1847 near modern Garfield, Kansas Mexican-American War 6 United States of America vs Kiowa & Comanche
Battle of Coon Creek[2][3] June 18, 1848 near modern Kinsley, Kansas Mexican-American War United States of America vs Comanche & Osage
Battle of Solomon Fork[4] July 29, 1857 near modern Morland, Kansas Plains Indians Wars 10-11 United States of America vs Southern Cheyenne
Lawrence Massacre[5] August 21, 1863 Lawrence, Kansas American Civil War Quantrill's Raid 150+ United States of America & Kansas militia vs Confederate States of America
Battle of Baxter Springs[6] October 6, 1863 near modern Baxter Springs, Kansas American Civil War Quantrill's Raid 100+ United States of America vs Confederate States of America
Battle of Marais des Cygnes[7] October 25, 1864 Linn County, Kansas American Civil War Price's Raid unknown United States of America vs Confederate States of America
Battle of Mine Creek[8] October 25, 1864 Linn County, Kansas American Civil War Price's Raid United States of America vs Confederate States of America
Fort Wallace June 26, 1867 modern Wallace, Kansas Plains Indian Wars Comanche Campaign 1 United States of America vs Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, and Southern Cheyenne
Kidder Massacre July 2, 1867 near modern Goodland, Kansas Plains Indian Wars 12 United States of America vs Northern Cheyenne & Sioux
Battle of Prairie Dog Creek[9] August 21, 1867 modern Phillips County, Kansas Plains Indian Wars Comanche Campaign 53 United States of America vs Kiowa and Southern Cheyenne
Battle of Beaver Creek August 22–23, 1867 modern Phillips County, Kansas Plains Indian Wars Comanche Campaign 2+ 18th Kansas Cavalry vs Kiowa and Southern Cheyenne
Battle of Council Grove June 3, 1868 near Council Grove, Kansas Plains Indian Wars 3 Southern Cheyenne vs Kaw
Battle of Buff Creek October 2, 1868 modern Wallace, Kansas Plains Indian Wars Comanche Campaign 1 United States of America vs Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, and Southern Cheyenne
Battle of Punished Woman Fork September 27, 1878 modern Scott County, Kansas Plains Indian Wars 1 United States of America vs Southern Cheyenne

Notes[]

  1. "Love's Defeat". Santa Fe Trail Research Site. http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/research/loves-defeat.html. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  2. "The Battle of Coon Creek". Kansas State Library. http://www.eudorapubliclibrary.org/history/cooncreek.html. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. "The Battle of Coon Creek". Santa Fe Trail Research Site. http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/research/battle-of-coon-creek.html. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. Chalfant, William Y. Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers: The 1857 Expedition and Battle of Solomon's Fork (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press), 2002.
  5. "CWSAC Battle Summary: Lawrence". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ks001.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. "CWSAC Battle Summary: Baxter Springs". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ks002.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  7. "CWSAC Battle Summary: Marais des Cygnes". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ks004.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  8. "CWSAC Battle Summary: Mine Creek". National Park Service. http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/battles/ks003.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  9. "Ceremony to commemorate Battle of Prairie Dog Creek". Kansas National Guard. http://www.accesskansas.org/ksadjutantgeneral/News%20Releases/2005/150-05-012.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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