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Quantrill's Raid of Lawrence via Twitter

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This year marked the 150th anniversary of William Quantrill's raid of Lawrence, Kansas, in which 164 civilians were killed, and nearly all of downtown Lawrence was burned to the ground. As part of the events commemorating the attack, dozens of Lawrencians participated in an unusual re-enactment on Twitter. Citizens assumed historical identities and "live tweeted" the events of August 21, 1863, which began before sunrise that day, lasted four hours, and on into the night as the Jayhawkers and Union soldiers pursued Quantrill and his men. Twitter proved to be an impressive medium for staging a re-enactment, giving followers a sense of the timing and the places of that day, as well as insight into the individuals who experienced the raid. The result was strangely haunting and enlightening.

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