Wednesday, June 7, 2017

William Quantrill For Western Wednesday...!

Sometimes we forget that all the well known bad men in the early days had mentors of some kind to show them the road to perdition, as it were.

Quantrill was more than happy to teach his murderous ways to all that would learn, evidently. Some say that no man is born evil, but perhaps Quantrill was the exception!

1865
William Quantrill killed by Union soldiers

William Quantrill, the man who gave Frank and Jesse James their first education in killing, dies from wounds sustained in a skirmish with Union soldiers in Kentucky.

Born and raised in Ohio, Quantrill was involved in a number of shady enterprises in Utah and Kansas during his teens. In his early 20s, he fled to Missouri, where he became a strong supporter of pro-slavery settlers in their sometimes-violent conflict with their antislavery neighbors. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the 24-year-old Quantrill became the leader of an irregular force of Confederate soldiers that became known as Quantrill’s Raiders.

By 1862, Union forces had established control over Missouri, but Quantrill’s Raiders continued to harass the northern army and unguarded pro-Union towns over the next three years. Quantrill and other guerrilla leaders recruited their soldiers from Confederate sympathizers who resented what they saw as the unfairly harsh Union rule of their state. Among those who joined him was a 20-year-old farm kid named Frank James. His younger brother, Jesse, joined an allied guerrilla force a year later.

In August 1863, Frank James was with Quantrill when he led a savage attack on the largely defenseless town of Lawrence, Kansas. Angered that the townspeople had allowed Lawrence to be used as a sporadic base for Union soldiers, Quantrill and his guerrillas shot every man and boy they saw. After killing at least 150 male civilians, the raiders set the town on fire.

In May 1865, Quantrill was badly wounded in a skirmish with Union forces, and he died on this day in 1865. Since Quantrill’s men were guerillas rather than legitimate soldiers, they were denied the general amnesty given to the Confederate army after the war ended. Some, like Frank and Jesse James, took this as an excuse to become criminals and bank robbers.

It doesn't seem to take much for some folks to adopt the ways of the Lawless. Often the path to wrong-doing is just too enticing to ignore. Whatever personal needs were satisfied by following such a path remains a mystery to most of us.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!

4 comments:

linda m said...

Interesting article about the lawlessness of some people and how they have no conscience when it comes to killing people they don't like. Seems like not much has changed over the years. Guess mankind doesn't learn from past mistakes. A/C is up and blowing cold air again. Just in time as temps are getting too warm for me. I'll bring some fresh baked bread for us to share this morning, along with some clover honey.

JO said...

They sure were an unfriendly bunch when they didn't like what was happening their way. But they all got what was coming to them in the end.

105 here yesterday. Patio sound great to me with fresh baked bread and your great coffee and of course you my Friend and others!

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Some folks just seem to be born to violence and to be destined to be bad. Certainly not a good influence on anyone.
Bring on that homemade bread and honey! I do like it a lot!
Thanks for stopping by today!

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Not very pleasant folks, that's for sure. I'd love to have you join us on the patio, sweetie.
Thanks for dropping by today!