Quantrill's War: The Life & Times Of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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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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User Review  - caittilynn - LibraryThing

This started off as a very interesting look into the mind of a notorious man, but I think perhaps the evidence needed for this book was a little lacking. The first half of the book builds up William ... Read full review

Quantrill's war: the life and times of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

HE BORE MALICE
1
I ALONE AM MISERABLE
6
A RIFLE IN ONE HAND AND A BIBLE IN THE OTHER
21
I DONT EXPECT TO SEE ANY OF YOU ALIVE AGAIN
47
IN THE NAME OF GOD AND DEVIL
67
WE DRAW THE FIRST BLOOD
86
THEY COULD NOT STAND OUR ONSLAUGHT
103
I SAY SACK THE TOWN
129
LET US FOLLOW THEM BOYS
214
THE HEATHEN ARE COME INTO THINE INHERITANCE
231
IT WAS A FEARFUL SIGHT
253
DEATH IS COMING
275
IM TIRED OF RUNNING
301
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
311
NOTES
315
BIBLIOGRAPHY
327

KILL EVERY MAN BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY A GUN
147
A TEMPEST OF FIRE AND DEATH
169
OH GOD SAVE US
191

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About the author (1997)

Duane Schultz is the author of two novels and eight nonfiction histories, including Over The Earth I Come (a 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year). He is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, and lives in Clearwater, Florida.

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