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Narrative of Andrew Williams, a formerly enslaved African American

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P42


Andrew Williams' autobiographical narrative gives an account of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863. Williams wrote it at the urging of William E. Connelley.


  • Creation: 1861 - 1910


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Biography of Andrew Williams

Before the Civil War, Andrew Williams lived as an enslaved person to Henry Williams, a slave holder who resided near Mt. Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. In 1861 he fought with General Sterling Price in Arkansas. When the 6th Kansas Regiment raided the area in 1862, he and his family were able to gain their freedom and were initially sent to Fort Scott, Kansas. Williams then moved to Lawrence, Kansas.

A year later, Williams experienced the August 21, 1863 raid of Lawrence by William Quantrill and his men. After his employment with the 7th Kansas Cavalry, he resided in Topeka, Kansas. He worked as gardener from 1908 to 1910 for William Connelley, an amateur historian who served as Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society from 1914-1930.


1 folder : 9 leaves. Handwritten. ; 32 cm.

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Dressell, 1967.

Guide to the Andrew Williams Collection
Narrative of Andrew Williams, a formerly enslaved African American
Finding aid prepared by kpz, 5 October 1972. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Andrew Williams narrative, Kansas Collection, RH MS P42, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States