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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 (18371865) 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 himFrank 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.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||1 DA CAPO|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.37(d)|
About the Author
Edward E. Leslie is a professional writer and author of the internationally acclaimed Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls. He lives in Ohio.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.'