By O. S. Barton
This well-known memoir through John McCorkle, reissued for the 1st time, is the simplest released account through a scout who "rode with Quantrill." John McCorkle was once a tender Missouri farmer of Southern sympathies. After serving in brief within the pro-Confederate Missouri country protect, he turned a sought after member of William Clarke Quantrill’s notorious guerrillas, who took benefit of the turmoil within the Missouri-Kansas borderland to prey on pro-Union people.McCorkle displayed an unflinchingly violent nature whereas he participated in raids and engagements together with the massacres at Lawrence and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Centralia, Missouri. In 1865 he Quantrill into Kentucky, the place the infamous chief used to be killed and his fans, McCorkle between them, surrendered and have been paroled by way of Union experts. Early during this century, having again to farming, McCorkle informed his notable Civil warfare reviews to O.S. Barton, a legal professional, who wrote this ebook, first released in 1914.
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McCorkle died on 14 January 1918 at the age of seventy-nine. His grave is located at a beautiful spot in Lisbon Cemetery, at Lisbon, Missouri, high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley. Other Books about Quantrill Guerrilla warfare during the Civil War has not yet been adequately probed and delineated by scholars. To a considerable degree the most dedicated and able individual to make contributions to the literature is Albert Castel. , 1974). Castel estimates that there were between 2,000 and 2,500 more-or-less-full-time Confederate guerrillas operating in Missouri, and about 250 more-or-less-full-time Union guerrillas (Jayhawkers or Redlegs) operating in Kansas.
2 Before the Battle of Lexington, Cap- Page 34 tain Thurston resigned and the company elected Minor Smith, a Mexican veteran, who is still living at this time. Our company was then placed in the Seventh Missouri Regiment of Cavalry, Raines' Division [Brig. Gen. James Rains, Missouri State Guard] and known as Rosser's Regiment and Lieutenant-Colonel Martin was in command. This regiment was placed on the east side of the college where the Federals were fortified, and our regiment was ordered to support the famous Bledsoe battery.
In the country above Glasgow he had some relatives, connections, both by blood and marriage, of some of the best families in Missouri, and at the home of one of these relatives this young man found employment as a farm laborer and it soon became known that he was John McCorkle, one of Quantrill's bravest and most trusted soldiers and one of his leading scouts. For some time the neighbors kept a close watch upon the newcomer and viewed him with something of suspicion, fearing that he might follow the alleged example of some of the other of Quantrill's men and become an outlaw, but they soon found him to be a steady, law-abiding citizen.
Three Years With Quantrill: A True Story Told by His Scout John McCorkle (Western Frontier Library, Vol 60) by O. S. Barton