Jayhawkers are part of the Civil War stories on 30th annual candlelight tour at Fort Scott NHS

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
Contact: Kelley Collins, kelley_collins@nps.gov
Phone number: (620) 223-0310

Jayhawkers, Other Civil War Stories Featured
on 30th Annual Candlelight Tour at Fort Scott NHS

Fort Scott, KS – Kansas Jayhawkers often get a bad rap. The Jayhawkers were known for burning, pillaging, and looting over in Missouri during the Civil War. By taking the war to the civilian population, they sought not just to defeat their war time enemies, but to remove their base of operations by burning their houses, stealing livestock and other household goods, and liberating their slaves. However, the officers of these “jayhawking” units gave men strict orders not to drink, use profanity, or disrespect women. So a jayhawker might burn your house and steal your stuff, but at least he would be polite about it-that is, if he was following orders.

The activities of the Jayhawkers will just be one of many stories told on this year’s candlelight tour at Fort Scott National Historic Site. In commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, this year’s tour will focus on Fort Scott’s role in the Civil War during the year 1861. The tour will take visitors through six scenes set chronologically from January of 1861 to November 1861. In addition to Jayhawking, the tour will also include stories of soldiers being recruited and preparing to march to war, ladies sewing a flag to show their support for the soldiers, and women standing courageously to defend their homes from danger.

The tour will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 2011. Tours on Friday will be held 6:30-9 p.m. and tours on Saturday will be held 5-9 p.m. Tours are offered every fifteen minutes both nights. Tickets for the tour are $7 each; advance reservation is required. Advance payment is also required and can be made by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover card. To make reservations, call (620) 223-0310 or drop by the site’s visitor center. Checks should be made to Western National Parks Association, the organization sponsoring the tour. Fort Scott NHS is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years’ Day. There is no general admission fee charged. For information, call the number above or visit our Web site

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