The Devil Knows How To Ride
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 (18371865) and the events that transformed a quiet Ohio schoolteacher from a staunchly Unionist family into a virulent pro-slavery Confederate soldier and the m...more
I got about half-way and it was so depressing, I decided not to finish reading it.
I picked it up because I didn't know much about the western states during the war.
The first part about the border war, was pretty good. Though in no way could you ever justify the brutality that happened on both sides, it was very interesting to read accounts of the politics that occurred prior to the war (the narration begins around 1852) in the region.
I would give a 5 ...more
Anyone interested in why the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri is so intense would be well advis ...more