The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantril and His Confederate Raiders

By Edward E. Leslie
Read by Patrick Cullen

18.20 Hours 05/01/1998 unabridged
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This definitive biography of William Clarke Quantrill reveals the characteristics and events that led a quiet Ohio schoolteacher to become the most feared and notorious guerrilla of the Civil War. A virulently pro-slavery Confederate soldier and a brilliant tactician, Quantrill was a charismatic warrior who attracted hundreds of followers to his side—notably the teenaged Frank James, Jesse James, and Cole Younger. The peak of his career came on August 21, 1863, when he led 450 men in a dawn raid on the staunchly Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, executing roughly 200 unarmed, unresisting men and teenage boys in what became the greatest atrocity of the Civil War. Brilliantly weaving together eyewitness accounts, letters, memories, newspaper articles, and military reports into a riveting narrative, this groundbreaking work penetrates the myth of a cardboard-cutout psychopath to expose Quantrill in all his brutality and human complexity. It includes the most accurate account ever written of the Lawrence, Kansas massacre and also details the postwar outlaw careers of those who rode with him.

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Summary

Summary

This definitive biography of William Clarke Quantrill reveals the characteristics and events that led a quiet Ohio schoolteacher to become the most feared and notorious guerrilla of the Civil War. A virulently pro-slavery Confederate soldier and a brilliant tactician, Quantrill was a charismatic warrior who attracted hundreds of followers to his side—notably the teenaged Frank James, Jesse James, and Cole Younger. The peak of his career came on August 21, 1863, when he led 450 men in a dawn raid on the staunchly Unionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, executing roughly 200 unarmed, unresisting men and teenage boys in what became the greatest atrocity of the Civil War.

Brilliantly weaving together eyewitness accounts, letters, memories, newspaper articles, and military reports into a riveting narrative, this groundbreaking work penetrates the myth of a cardboard-cutout psychopath to expose Quantrill in all his brutality and human complexity. It includes the most accurate account ever written of the Lawrence, Kansas massacre and also details the postwar outlaw careers of those who rode with him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A great, action-packed story by a writer equal to the subject…Congratulations to Edward Leslie’s meticulous research and vivid narrative.” Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., author of The Civil War in the American West
“[An] authoritative and well-written study.” Publishers Weekly
“Leslie attempts a balanced view of the infamous guerrilla leader, portraying his willingness to kill while dispelling myths surrounding him. This is a good place to begin a study of Quantrill; recommended for academic and public libraries.” Library Journal
“A compelling portrait…This is a story that would seem unbelievable if written as fiction and that, thanks to the talents of author and narrator, will leave listeners intrigued.” AudioFile
“Leslie does a remarkably thorough job of telling Quantrill’s bloody story…Highly recommended for Civil War buffs and students of frontier history.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Edward E. Leslie

Edward E. Leslie is the author of The Devil Knows How To Ride, the biography of the Civil War Confederate guerrilla William Clarke Quantrill, and the internationally acclaimed Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls. He lives in Massillon, Ohio.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 18.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English