Quantrill's War: The Life & Times Of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865
For career criminal William Clarke Quantrill, the American Civil War was an opportunity to practice legitimately what he loved most: theft, destruction, and murder. He rampaged freely as a military hero, slaughtering hundreds, fighting under the flag of the Confederate Army. Few people realized that Quantrill had no personal convictions. He stood for no principles and believed no more in the Southern ideal than in the Union. He simply lived to kill. Quantrill's War recounts the guerrilla raids William Quantrill carried out with dash and daring - the lightning ambushes he led on horseback, reins in his teeth, Navy Colt revolvers blazing in each hand. Union forces struggled to track him, without success. Eventually, Quantrill attracted a following of more than three hundred men, including Frank James (whose younger brother Jesse later joined them), Cole Younger, and Bloody Bill Anderson. The climax of this disturbing book deals with Quantrill's bloodiest battle, the four-hour sacking of Lawrence, Kansas, where he ordered the massacre of 185 men and boys, killing "every man big enough to carry a gun!"
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Schultz (Glory Enough for All, St. Martin's, 1993) here gives us a major biography of Captain Quantrill, who has not been the subject of a serious study in 40 years. Quantrill and his band, including names later famous in the West, such as Cole Younger and Frank and Jesse James, fought as irregular guerrillas in Missouri and Kansas. While it is doubtful that Quantrill did indeed torture small animals as a boy in Ohio, as Schultz claims, there is no question he was a butcher, as Schultz's excellent account of the sack of Lawrence, Kansas, shows. Yet for all his brutality, and the fact that Quantrill fought for no cause but his own, he served the Southern Cause well by tying up thousands of Federal troops employed in his pursuit. Essential for both Civil War and Western collections. [For another look at Quanrtill, see Edward E. Leslie's The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders, LJ 9/1/96.--Ed.]--Robert A. Curtis, Taylor Memorial P.L., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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Quantrill was a career criminal who preyed on both sides of the civil war. He pursued a path of theft, murder, and destruction. His followers included the James and the Younger brothers. This is an exciting description of the events that led to Quantrill's pursuit and capture.
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