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William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times

by Castel, Albert
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Issue: Fall 1999
ISBN: 0806130814

The Quantrill legend is rooted in acts of savage violence throughout Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War -- deeds both romanticized and vilified. Castel traces Quantrill's rise to power, from Kansas border ruffian and Confederate Army captain to lawless leader of "the most formidable band of revolver fighters the West ever knew."

review of William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times, by Castel, Albert, Civil War Book Review, (Fall 1999).