Here is what the monument about Quantrell at the entrance of Morgan Walker Family Cemetery-Blue Springs, MO on Hwy. 7 on the James Lewis School Property.
MORGAN WALKER FARM
A short distance from here stood the house of James Morgan Walker. Where the Civil War guerilla leader William Clarke Quantrell began his career.
Walker originally from Kentucky, settled here on land purchased from James Lewis in 1843. He owned 2,000 acres of land, which included a 2 story home, facing east, containing 9 rooms. The home burned right after the Civil War. Walker died in 1866 and is buried in the family cemetery just north of here.
On the evening of December 10, 1860, Quantrell and 5 Kansas abolitionists came to "steal" Walkers slaves, but Quantrell had secretly told the family of the plan. An ambush was set. That night one abolitionist was killed, two were killed the next day, while 2 escaped.
One year later, Andrew Walker Morgan's son, joined Quantrell and ten other Jackson county men in pursuit of a band of Kansas Jayhawkers who were looting homes in the area. This was the beginning of the Quantrell guerilla band.
DEDICATED NOV. 1994 -- GIVEN BY THOSE INTERESTED IN THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORY.
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