The Marais Des Cygnes Massacre was one of the last large violent outbreaks of the Bleeding Kansas era. On May 19, 1858, a group of 30 or so men from Missouri crossed the border into then Kansas Territory and rounded up 11 unarmed men and turned back east. Most of them knew the leader of the group, Charles Hamilton, personally. Hamilton and his ruffians led them into a small hollow, then opened fire. Five of the men were killed, five were injured, and another escaped physical harm by playing dead. The only man who was prosecuted for the crime was caught and hanged in 1863.
Nearest City: Lacygne, KS
Location: North of Kansas Hwy 52, 1/4 mile east of the Missouri state line
Time Needed: 30-45 min
Kid Friendly: yes, but not that entertaining to them
Additional Info: Kansas Historical Society Webpage