The Monument honors families that endured turmoil of the Missouri/Kansas Border during the Civil War.


Outdoor exhibit, Year-round, Dawn to dusk

Contact Information

2501 W Wall Street
Harrisonville, MO 64701
Phone: 816-380-4396

Location Type

Interpretive Signs

Site Info

The Burnt District Monument is a memorial erected to the thousands of people whose homes were burned to the ground in the area that was cleared out after the enforcement of General Order No. 11. Union soldiers and Kansas "Red Legs" torched many houses; others were lost in unattended grass fires. Only the stone chimneys remained. They became known as "Jennison's tombstones," after Jayhawker Charles "Doc" Jennison.


Stories & Comments

Mark Randall  |  on 8/20/2013

Another "Burnt District" memorial is located 10 miles from Harrisonville in Pleasant Hill. Since 1939, the US Post Office there has displayed a mural by Tom Lea which depicts a family coming back to their burnt out home after the Civil War. The painting includes a lone chimney much like the one constructed for the Burnt District Monument. A Civil War monument across the street from the Post Office describes the Civil War in the Pleasant Hill area.

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