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1. One of the free-soil guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri during the border disputes of 1854 to 1859.
2. A Unionist guerrilla.
3. Jayhawker Informal A native or resident of Kansas.

[From jayhawk, a fictitious bird.]


(ˈdʒeɪˌhɔ kər)

1. a native or inhabitant of Kansas (used as a nickname).
2. (sometimes l.c.) a plundering marauder, esp. one of the antislavery guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri before and during the Civil War.
[1855–60, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
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Indian Foreign Secretary Jayhawker said that their premier raised Indian concerns in detail during the fifth meeting among the two leaders.
Bolstered by his principles, and his previous experience as a Jayhawker (a private anti-slavery guerilla militiaman), he took charge of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment - the first organization of black soldiers to engage Confederate forces, and the first to emerge victorious.
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Was Burden engaged in combat in a Jayhawker "free-soil" unit against the most notorious and vicious pro-slavery force, William Clarke Quantrill and his raiders, who terrorized Kansas from their Missouri base?
Attorney General James Speed noted in 1865 in reference to the Lincoln coconspirators that "[a] bushwhacker, a jayhawker, a bandit, a war rebel, an assassin, being public enemies, may be tried, condemned, and executed as offenders against the laws of war.
Senate seat from the reliably Republican Jayhawker State in 1968, Dole served as Senate majority leader during the Reagan years [1981-1987] and from 1995 until his surprise resignation this past summer.
I think it was published in one of the student journals, the Jayhawker.
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Appendices include a list of Lane's staff, Jayhawker casualties and a necrology that describes the regiments and commanders of the Tenth Kansas Infantry.
Freeman believes the pioneers would have tried to escape Death Valley through snow-capped Pinto Peak at Jayhawker Canyon near what is now Lone Pine, a community on U.
She said the adventurers were in good spirits and fine shape as they headed toward the mouth of Jayhawker Canyon, which Jerry Freeman believes is the route the Jayhawkers took out of the valley.
While the Jayhawkers' generally accepted route is through Towne Pass, now used by Highway 190 entering Death Valley National Park, Freeman said, he believes they climbed higher in the Panamint Mountains to reach patches of snow - east of the highway up Jayhawker Canyon to 7,510-foot Pinto Peak.