National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: February 25, 2011

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Host Historian and Lecturer Dr. Tony R. Mullis for Divided Loyalties Speaker Series

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Tony R. Mullis on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture titled Missouri at War: Border Violence and Vigilante Justice. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. Attendees are encouraged to view the Divided Loyalities exhibition prior to the lecture.

Although the election of Abraham Lincoln in November and the South Carolina secession convention in December dominated the news in late 1860, events along the Kansas-Missouri border were a potential trigger to civil war. The string of Jayhawker vigilante actions and the raid on Fort Scott in November exerted an intense pressure on federal and state authorities to restore law and order and prevent a larger conflict. Governor Robert Stewart of Missouri deployed his militia to the border to repel an invasion. The Federal government sent the army to the border to exterminate the Jayhawker threat. These actions seemingly accomplished their missions, but a closer examination of the Jayhawker's objectives and operations supports a different conclusion.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the speaker
Tony Mullis
holds a PhD in history from the University of Kansas. His major fields include the history of the United States and military history. His secondary field is indigenous nations studies. He is the author of Peacekeeping on the Plains: US Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas (2004). He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A retired US Air Force officer, Mullis was on the faculty of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama for five years and he served as an assistant deputy director for intelligence at the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon, where he coordinated activities of the CIA, NSA, and Military Service representatives and supervised the production and dissemination of substantive intelligence within the National Intelligence Community. Earlier, he had served as a detachment commander in Scotland in support of Air Force Space Command. Prior to his tour of duty in the United Kingdom, he was an assistant professor in the Department of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has further enhanced his academic expertise through scholarly publications and academic conferences. During his service in Korea and Scotland, he taught various undergraduate courses for the University of Maryland. He has also taught various history and homeland security courses as an adjunct with Tiffin University, Troy University, Benedictine College, and Auburn University at Montgomery.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email or visit

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