Narrative of Andrew Williams, a formerly enslaved African American
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
- Williams, Andrew, -1913 (Person)
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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.
Language of Materials
RH MS P42
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Dressell, 1967.
- Quantrill, William Clarke, 1837-1865 (Person)
- United States. Army. Kansas Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1861-1865) (Organization)
- United States. Army. Kansas Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1861-1865) (Organization)
- 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