Friday, May 8, 2015

Alexander Banks & Arthur Gunther

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Captain Alexander Banks (left) served as provost marshal of the Southern District of Kansas in 1863, and in that role negotiated with Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill for the surrender of the Eldridge Hotel during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in August 1863.

Arthur Gunther of Lawrence, Kansas (on right), entered Company D of the 2nd Kansas Infantry as a first sergeant in May 1861; he fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and was mustered out with the regiment in October 1861. In March 1862 he re-entered the army as captain of Company H, 2nd Kansas Cavalry, and was mustered out in March 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Gunther died on May 25, 1909.

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