The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clark Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Aug 5, 2009 - History - 576 pages
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Brilliantly weaving together eyewitness accounts, letters, memories, newspaper articles, and military reports into a riveting narrative, this definitive biography reveals the personality of William Clarke Quantrill (1837–1865) and the events that transformed a quiet Ohio schoolteacher from a staunchly Unionist family into a virulent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and the most feared and despised guerrilla chieftain of the Civil War. This groundbreaking work includes the most accurate account ever written of the 1863 Lawrence, Kansas massacre (the greatest atrocity of the Civil War), when Quantrill and 450 raiders torched the Unionist town and executed roughly 200 unarmed, unresisting men and teenage boys. It also details the postwar outlaw careers of those who rode with him—Frank and Jesse James, and Cole Younger. No other history so fully penetrates the myth of a cardboard-cutout psychopath to expose Quantrill in all his brutality and human complexity.

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This is a great book if you would like to learn more about sectional tensions between slave and free states before and during the Civil War most notably in Missouri and Kansas. At times the writing is ... Read full review


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John Lescault generally gives a straight reading of Leslie's exciting book about William Quantrill and his raiders. Over 100 years after they burned Lawrence, KS, and butchered its male citizens, it ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Edward E. Leslie is a professional writer and author of the internationally acclaimed Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls. He lives in Ohio.

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