Three Years with Quantrill: A True Story, Told by His Scout John McCorkle

Three Years with Quantrill: A True Story, Told by His Scout John McCorkle

by John McCorkle
     
 

This famous memoir by John McCorkle, reissued for the first time, is the best published account by a scout who "rode with Quantrill." John McCorkle was a young Missouri farmer of Southern sympathies. After serving briefly in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, he became a prominent member of William Clarke Quantrill’s infamous guerrillas, who took

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This famous memoir by John McCorkle, reissued for the first time, is the best published account by a scout who "rode with Quantrill." John McCorkle was a young Missouri farmer of Southern sympathies. After serving briefly in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, he became a prominent member of William Clarke Quantrill’s infamous guerrillas, who took advantage of the turmoil in the Missouri-Kansas borderland to prey on pro-Union people.

McCorkle displayed an unflinchingly violent nature while he participated in raids and engagements including the massacres at Lawrence and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Centralia, Missouri. In 1865 he followed Quantrill into Kentucky, where the notorious leader was killed and his followers, McCorkle among them, surrendered and were paroled by Union authorities. Early in this century, having returned to farming, McCorkle told his remarkable Civil War experiences to O.S. Barton, a lawyer, who wrote this book, first published in 1914.

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McCorkle was a scout in William Clarke Quantrill's band of guerrillas in the 1860s. His firsthand account details the cold, savage raids the group staged during the border fighting between Missouri and Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806130569
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Western Frontier Library Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.92(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Albert Castel (1928–2014), was a Civil War historian and author of Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864.


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