Quantrill's War

Quantrill's War

The Life and Times of William Clarke Quantrill (1837-1865)

Book - 1996
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A biography of William Clarke Quantrill examines his roles as psychopathic criminal and celebrated hero of the Confederate Army.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9780312147105
Branch Call Number: 973.742092 Q256s
Characteristics: 338 p. : ill.


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Aug 12, 2017

I am slightly enchanted by the word psychopathy and those who wield the term. It's like asking a person just how vegan they are. Most are in the 80-93% range unless they are on tour with Phish wearing hemp skirts and sexy, beaded braids in their armpit hair. I consider a lot of our heroes to be psychopaths including Harry S. Truman, Andrew Jackson, George W., Barrack W., The killer Clintons, and Colin Powell to name a few. We conversely uphold psychopathy as cool and sexy in popular culture especially if they are white like Tony Soprano or Dexter. Also we litcherally train our spec ops men to be the best killers in the world and not to feel remorse while doing it. Sure Quantrill had a hint of sociopathy but so did the Jayhawkers. He easily recruited guerillas as each one had a dead dad or brother and insane mother from the scoundrel Jayhawkers whom we were always taught were innocent guardians of freedom. Quantrill for sure was not fighting for the south or any cause other than revenge and killing and he considered that the Jayhawks drew first blood when they went too far on a raid and pistol whipped a young lady. Of course, I always found Lawrence to be a little douchey myself. And now I know it runs in my blood since my great, great grandfather is buried next to Jesse James and ran with Quantrill and Jesse. Besides, like my brother before me, I always did take a rebel stand.


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