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

Paperback | August 22, 1998

byEdward 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 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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The Devil Knows How to Ride is a riveting account of the events that turned a quiet Ohio schoolteacher into a violent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and one of the most feared guerilla chieftains of the Civil War. The author uses memoirs, eyewitness accounts, letters, newspaper clippings and military reports to detail the personality ...

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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 pr...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.38 inPublished:August 22, 1998Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030680865X

ISBN - 13:9780306808654

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The Devil Knows How to Ride is a riveting account of the events that turned a quiet Ohio schoolteacher into a violent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and one of the most feared guerilla chieftains of the Civil War. The author uses memoirs, eyewitness accounts, letters, newspaper clippings and military reports to detail the personality of William Clarke Quantrill. It also includes the most accurate account of the 1863 Lawrence, Kansas massacre, the greatest atrocity of the Civil War, when Quantrill and 450 armed soldiers executed 200 unresisting, unarmed men and boys.