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William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Timesby Castel, Albert
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Issue: Fall 1999
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."