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Quantrill's Thieves
     

Quantrill's Thieves

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by Joseph K. Houts, James D. Criswell (Editor), Suzanne Emery (Illustrator)
 

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After the battle at Pleasant Hill, Missouri on July11, 1862 Union troops found Quantrill's muster roll on one of the dead guerrillas. Two copies were made of the original, one by a Captain Henry J. Stierlin of Company A, 1st Missouri Cavalry, and the other by the author's great, great uncle, Major Thomas W. Houts, of Company A, 7th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia.

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After the battle at Pleasant Hill, Missouri on July11, 1862 Union troops found Quantrill's muster roll on one of the dead guerrillas. Two copies were made of the original, one by a Captain Henry J. Stierlin of Company A, 1st Missouri Cavalry, and the other by the author's great, great uncle, Major Thomas W. Houts, of Company A, 7th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia. The original and Captain Stierlin's were forwarded to Union commander Brigadier General John M. Schofield. The Major's copy was retained by him.

Upwards of 2,500 men have been said to have participated in some form of guerrilla activity in Missouri between 1861 and 8165. Estimates have established that approximately 600 men rode with Quantrill during the course of the war. Quantrill's Thieves sets forth how the guerrilla war in Missouri evolved from a series of ill-conceived Union orders and decrees and their misinterpretation by the predominately Southern based population within the state. As a personal illustration of events, the author recounts an old family Civil War story, concluding with a portrayal of the Battle of Pleasant Hill in July 1862.

Short biographical sketches are included of each of William Clarke Quantrill's original documented ninety-three riders. This was a group of men that in relatively small engagements, and over a relatively brief period of time, immortalized themselves in fame and infamy and gained an important place in American history.

About the Author

Joseph K. Houts, Jr. resides in St. Joseph, Missouri where he is employed in banking. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pony Express Museum. He received his Bacholor of Arts degree from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, majoring in History. He also received a Jurist Doctor degree from Lewis University College of Law, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, now known as Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971992900
Publisher:
Truman Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Before the day was out Anderson and his cutthroats had killed, more pointedly murdered, one hundred forty-nine Union soldiers. At first, twenty-three unarmed Union troops were removed from a locomotive that was entering the town, stripped to their underwear and then summarily executed. The town was ransacked and, upon finding a barrel of whisky, the guerrillas indulged themselves to inebriation. In time, the horde left and journeyed two to three miles to the south, where it joined up with Todd and Thrailkill's bands. All total, nearly 250 to 300 guerrillas were now assembled as one group.

Within an hour a contingent of one hundred forty-seven Union troops arrived, known as the 39th Missouri State Militia, under the command of Major A.E.V. Johnson. The unit was newly formed and at best could be considered "green" in its lack of training, experience, and supplies. Their mounts consisted of former plow horses and instead of carrying carbines and revolvers the troops possessed single-shot Enfield rifles. The best of soldiers, let alone raw recruits, could only reload and fire a rifle three times in a minute. They were facing experienced guerrillas carrying three to six 6-shooter revolvers with a firepower of thirty-six shots in a minute.

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