Civil War… Why Was Kansas Called the Soldier State?

BlackPansyKindleCoverKansas was admitted to the Union just before the Civil War. Its population was sparse but the state brought many men to the battlefield. In fact, per capita, more men from Kansas enlisted in the Union Army than from any other state. The Civil War was not really fought in Kansas (the state saw only one major battle) but in the northeast corner of the state where the Missouri River runs, a lot of guerrilla warfare took place. When the end of the war brought railroad expansion across the state, thousands of migrants sought Kansas’s low-priced land. Because countless families seeking the new land were Union soldiers, Kansas got the epithet, “Soldier State.”Butterfly BLUE VIOLET Front Cover

Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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