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"Bluecoat and Pioneer: The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868"
John Hart

"The Eleventh [Kansas Cavalry] was the most truly Kansan in its composition of any of the regiments the Spartan State furnished to the Union Army,” wrote the state adjutant general. John Benton Hart of Grasshopper Falls, Kansas, was there from start to finish. Hear his account of some of the regiment’s most harrowing moments: the running fight against the threatening forces of Confederate General Sterling Price and the Battle of Platte Bridge at Casper, Wyoming. Hart returned to the Rockies as a civilian employee on the Bozeman Trail during Red Cloud’s War, adding to his list of narrow escapes. John Hart will talk about the diary written by his ancestor John Benton Hart that he has made available through his newest book, “Bluecoat and Pioneer: The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868.

The Kansas Museum of History is open until 6:30 p.m., admission is half price after 5 p.m. The Museum Store is also open until 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming programs:

November 8, 2019 - Crossing No Man's Land: The Trench Stalemate and the Birth of Modern Warfare, 1915-1918
December 13, 2019 - Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019