|Posted by Jay Longley on April 22, 2018 at 9:10 PM|
This is concerning the intentional destruction of a brick building that was being used by the Yankees to hold Bill Anderson's sisters and other female Southerners prisoner in 1863. Traditionalist historians have always stuck to the lie first told by William Elsey Connelly in which he claimed that the Kansas City "jail" was a rickety old building which blew down in a windstorm.
"It wasn't just women they murdered or maimed. As far as I'm concerned some of them were children."
This was printed in the newspaper by Caleb Bingham who had inherited the building when it's owner died...... His rebuttal to Connellys claim of a windstorm.
George Caleb Bingham, owner of the building, filed a claim against the government demanding $5000 for damages that he insisted were caused by the intentional undermining of the building by troops intent on murdering the women. In an article written by Mr. Bingham and published in the Washington Sentinel, March 9, 1878, he states:
"These females were arrested and confined under the pretext of holding them as hostages for the good behavior of their brothers, husbands or relatives, who were supposed to be in sympathy with, or actually engaged in, the Confederate cause... "Explaining as we proceed, we will state that in the lower story of the building in which they were incarcerated, and also in the lower story of the adjoining building, occupied by soldiers who guarded them, large girders, supported by wooden pillars, extended from the front to the extreme rear of each. From these girders, joists firmly held together by flooring securely nailed thereon, extended into and met each other in the dividing wall which formed a part of each building. It will thus be readily be seen that the removal of the wooden pillars which supported the girders in either building would force it to yield to the great pressure from above the cause the joists resting thereon, and firmly held together by flooring, to operate as a lever the entire length of this dividing wall, with a force sufficient to cut it in two. and thus effect the certain destruction of both buildings. The soldiers on guard had greatly weakened this wall by cutting large holes through the cellar portion thereof, but as it still stood firm, they found it necessary to the most certain method of accomplishment in the diabolical work required. Not having access to the pillars which supported the girder in the building in which the helpless females were confined, they removed those supporting the girder in the building occupied by themselves. As soon as this was done, as was clearly foreseen, the girder began and continued to yield, until, losing its support at each end, it suddenly gave way, and by leverage of the joists resting upon it, cut the dividing line in two, forcing the lower portion into the cellar of the prison and causing the super-structure thereof to fall over with a force of a mountain avalanche upon the ruins of the adjoining buildings thus producing a scene of horror in the death groans and shrieks of mangled women, which fiends could only contemplate without a shudder. In vain, had they, upon the first discovery of the danger, begged in piteous accents to be released. Their earnest apparels were to hearts as callous as that of the general by whose authority they were confined. While their prison walls were trembling, its doors remained closed, and they were allowed no hope for release except through portals of a horrible death into that eternity where, in the great day which is to right all wrongs, they will stand as witnesses against the human monster, who to promote his selfish aspirations, could cruelly plan, with satanic coolness, the desolation of a large district of country and the utter ruin of its defenseless inhabitants. That the death of these poor women crushed beneath the ruins of their prison was a deliberately planned murder, all the facts connected therewith sufficiently established. The fact that no inquiry was instituted by General Ewing in relation to the matter and that no soldier was arrested, tried or punished for a crime which shocks every sentiment of humanity renders it impossible for him to escape responsibility therefrom, in death of hundreds of Union soldiers and citizens of Missouri, as well as the brutal massacre which immediately followed in the state of Kansas. It is well known that when the notorious Quantrell, at the head of his band of desperadoes, entered the city of Lawrence, dealing death to the affrighted inhabitants, the appeal of his victims for quarter were answered by the fearful cries of "Remember the murdered women of Kansas City!"