Quantrill, William Clarke, 1837-1865

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William Clarke Quantrill was born in Canal Dover, Ohio in 1837. He came to Kansas as a young man, and taught school for a while before he became active in the border wars, between free state and pro-slavery forces in the fight for Kansas statehood. He fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War, participating in guerrilla warfare. His most infamous act as a guerrilla chief was the sack of Lawrence in the early morning of August 21, 1863. Quantrill died two years after the raid in a military hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

From the guide to the Correspondence, 1855-1889, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection)

Native of Ohio; leader of a guerrilla band which raided communities in Missouri and Kansas; member of the Confederate army until his death in Kentucky in 1865.

From the description of Research collection, 1858-1964, 1903-1910. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 16348498

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referencedIn Kansas State Historical Society. Library and Archives Division. William Clarke Quantrill clippings / collected by the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn The history of our ancestors., 1915 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Autobiography of Mary F. Beeson: James Warfield family in Old Shawneetown., undated University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872. Civil War letter, 1862 Mar. 14. Navarro College
referencedIn Kemper, Charles T. A short history of Washington township / Charles T. Kemper, W. H. Johnson, and Susie Palmer. Mid-Continent Public Library, Administrative Headquarters
referencedIn Reynolds, Charles, 1817-1885. Letter : typescript : Lawrence, Kan., to "Mother" [i.e. Elizabeth Musgrove Braine, his mother-in-law], 1863 Aug. 27. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Langford, John. Letter, 1888 Sept. 8. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Smith, Anne Sanderson. Anne Sanderson Smith papers, 1934-1973. Arkansas History Commission, Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney). Kansas Governor Thomas Carney letters & other items received and an index to letters sent, 1861-1863. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Knox family. Papers, 1837-1884. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1862-1863 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn [Dark command premiere newspaper clippings] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Filson Club. Filson Club lectures, 1887-1992. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Young, George E. (George Edwin), b. 1833. [Letter from George E. Young] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn McCorkle, John, 1838-1918. Three years with Quantrell : a true story / told by his scout John McCorkle ; written by O.S. Barton. Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library
referencedIn Biography -- Quantrill, William. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Episodes in Kansas history, ca. 1896? University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915. Papers, 1903-1913. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Narra Lewis papers, 1909-1949. Mid-Continent Public Library, Administrative Headquarters
referencedIn Dark Command premiere newspaper clippings, 1940 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Letter to "Dear Brother.", Dated Eudora, September 21, 1863 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Love, James Edwin. Letters by Lieut. James E. Love to "Molly" [microform], Mar.-Apr. 1862. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Cook, Benjamin Franklin, b. 1867. Benjamin Franklin Cook memorandum, 1948. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Souza, Ronald J. "Bloody Kansas" : architects of destruction, Sen. J. H. Lane and Gov. C. Robinson, (also Quantrell's raids on Kansas) : newspaper articles about the activities of Lane and Robinson, Jan. 1856 - Oct. 1864 / collected and transcribed by Ronald J. Souza. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Beeson, Mary Frances, 1848-1943. Autobiography of Mary F. Beeson : James Warfield family in Old Shawneetown. University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Lutz, John J. (John Joseph), 1855-1909. John Lutz papers, 1893-1908. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Confederate officers photograph album, n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Woodbury, J. M. ALS, 1864 18 May. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Hoag, B. H. Letter, 1866 October 20 : Lawrence, Kansas, to D[aniel] Bowers. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Jennie Earl and Elizabeth S.C. correspondence, 1859-186_ University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Quantrill's route to Lawrence. Eudora?, 1909? University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Quantrill, William Clarke, 1837-1865. Research collection, 1858-1964, 1903-1910. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn Interview with William E. Connelley, 1942 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Reminiscences, told to his daughter, Mrs. E. M. Owen. Lawrence?, October 8, 1912 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Vaughn, R. C. Letter : St. Louis, Mo., to Edward Bates, n.p., 1863 Aug. 28. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Papers, compiled by Tracy Learnard(?)., 1850-1911 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Correspondence, 1855-1889 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn H. O. Rawson Drawings, 1923-1938 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Morgan, Alfred Dexter. Diaries 1864-1866. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Connelley, William Elsey, 1855-1930. William Elsey Connelley papers, 1880-1930. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn Stevens, Mr. (Robert Smith), 1824-1893. Papers, 1856-1875. Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Scott, W. W. Letters, 1879-1898. University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Narrative of a former slave. Lawrence?, n.d. University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Reminiscences of Quantrill's Raid, 1870 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Redlands, California newspaper article on Captain William White interview on Quantrill. Mid-Continent Public Library, Administrative Headquarters
referencedIn Personal papers, 1867-1868 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Pioneer life in Kansas, 19-- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Interviews by William E. Connelley and letter., 1906-1916 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Donnie Pence Photograph Collection, 1870s-1982. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Pond, James B. (James Burton), 1838-1903. Papers [microform], 1862-1903. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Correspondence with William E. Connelley., 1902-1909 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Newspaper clippings regarding Quantrill, collected by the Watson Library staff, University of Kansas, 1945-1952 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn [Miscellaneous pamphlets, articles, etc. on Quantrill]. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Manuscript collection., 1789-196-. University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Henning, Benjamin S., 1863 Oct 7. Report, 1863 Oct 7. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wichita State University. American Studies Dept. American Studies Department student papers : Box 2; Biography, Cattle. Wichita State University, Ablah Library
referencedIn James B. Pond papers, Pond, James B. papers, 1863-1898 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Akers, Gary Steven. Oral history interview transcript of Joseph Harold Akers, August 27, 1986. Mid-Continent Public Library, Administrative Headquarters
referencedIn William Elsey Connelly papers, 1883-1914, 1899-1903 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Warren W. Welch collection, 1860-1959. Mid-Continent Public Library, Administrative Headquarters
referencedIn Letter from George E. Young, August 23, 1863 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Osband, Embury D., d. 1866. Embury D. Osband letter, 1864 Jan. 8. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Pond, James B. 1838-1903. James B. Pond papers 1863-1898. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Letter to J. J. Lutz., Chicago, 1897 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
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associatedWith Cook, Benjamin Franklin, b. 1867. person
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associatedWith Earl, Jennie L., and Elizabeth S. C. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Kansas
Stanton, Kan.
Independence, Mo.
Canal Dover, Ohio
Missouri
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
United States
Lawrence (Kan.)
Subject
Lawrence, Kan. Hist. 1854-1861
Kansas--Hist.--Civil War
Guerrillas
Guerrilla warfare
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Birth 1837-07-31

Death 1865-06-06

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