Whose Side Are You On?


A Rebel leader made enemies in the Confederacy.

William Clarke Quantrill, the leader of a Confederate guerrilla band during the Civil War, managed to make enemies on his own side. In late 1863, he and his men went to North Texas to avoid Union outfits intent on capturing or killing the raiders. Quantrill’s forces were tasked with arresting Rebel deserters—but they killed more than they captured. In March 1864, Confederate leaders had Quantrill arrested and charged with murder. But he escaped and made his way back to Missouri, where he continued his destructive ways for about a year before being killed.

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