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His application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record.
After the Civil War, many veterans constructed homesteads in Kansas.
The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County.
Kansas is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to gently westward dipping sedimentary rocks.
Southwest Kansas, however, was still a part of Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory.
By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans.) is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,641. Mount Sunflower is Kansas' highest point at 4,041 feet (1,232 m).
For a millennium, the land that is currently Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans.
Leaving southern states in the late 1870s because of increasing discrimination, they became known as Exodusters.By that time the violence in Kansas had largely subsided, but during the Civil War, on August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led several hundred men on a raid into Lawrence, destroying much of the city and killing nearly 200 people.He was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature.Directly presaging the American Civil War, these forces collided, entering into skirmishes that earned the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas.Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861, making it the 34th state to join the United States.
At the same time, the Chisholm Trail was opened and the Wild West-era commenced in Kansas.