Excerpt from Three Years With Quantrell: A True Story
In all wars there have always been, and always will be a class of men designated as guerillas, but it can be said that the Missouri guerillas are more not ed than those of any war in any country for ages. Their deeds of daring, their miraculous escapes, and the physical sufferings that they endured are almost beyond belief. Following the close of the Civil War, a number of highly - colored and melodramatic books, concerning the acts of the guerillas were pub lished, in the majority of which the desire to be sen sational defeated any attempts at truthfulness on the part of the authors. Another class of books, written from an intensely partisan standpoint, has given to the world a very imperfect conception of the motives and of the conduct of the Missouri guer rillas. All of these books were published at a time when men were controlled by feelings of prejudice and passion and a number of the inhabitants of Mis souri have, for years, endeavored to find someone who knew the facts and would truthfully relate them as they were.
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