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The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story Of William Clarke Quantril And His Confederate Raiders
     

The Devil Knows How To Ride: The True Story Of William Clarke Quantril And His Confederate Raiders

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by Edward E. Leslie
 

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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

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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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New Yorker
[Leslie] sifts through the legends about one of the most notorious of the guerilla fighters who turned western Missouri and eastern Kansas in the 1860s into something like Bosnia in the 1990s.
Booknews
Reveals the events which transformed a quiet schoolteacher from a Union family into a virulent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and a guerilla chieftain of the Civil War. Details the 1863 Lawrence Massacre, when Quantrill and 450 raiders executed 200 unarmed men, and describes the postwar outlaw careers of those who rode with Quantrill. This is an unabridged republication of the edition first published in New York by Random House, Inc., in 1996. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808654
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
492,265
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.37(d)

Meet the Author


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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The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantril and His Confederate Raiders 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author of this book does an excellent job of writing the life history of William Clarke Quantrill. Often in past writings of Quantrill, the authors seemed to have a strong motive of showing Quantrill in only a bad light. While Leslie by no means tries to prove Captain Quantrill or his raiders to be the perfect confederate soldiers, he tries to put the war into the context of the times in Missouri and Kansas. He also, cautions against judging by today¿s standards of morality. The evils done by both union and confederate are shown in the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the 'Boarder Wars.'
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