Military History Monday: Jennison’s Jayhawkers

CharlesJennisonThis Civil War regiment, the 7th Kansas Cavalry, was organized by Charles Rainsford Jennison and became known as “Jennison’s Jawhawkers.”  By the time the regiment was mustered in on October 28, 1861, the terms “jayhawk,” “jawhawker,” and “jayhawking” were already part of the national lexicon long before the Civil War broke out in April of 1861.

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  1. That was really interesting. Thanks for the write up. I don’t know whether to cheer for Jennison for being at the cutting edge of the anti-slavery movement or to condemn him for excesses and the the repeated stories of “friendly fire” against civilians and unionists. It’s all food for thought.

    • Bloody Kansas indeed. Thanks for stopping by!


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