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John McCorkle was a young Missouri farmer of Southern sympathies. After serving briefly in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, he became a prominent member of William Clarke Quantrill's infamous guerrillas, who took advantage of the turmoil in the Missouri-Kansas borderland to prey on pro-Union people. McCorkle displayed an unflinchingly violent nature while he participated in raids and engagements including the massacres at Lawrence and Baxter Springs, Kansas; and Centralia, Missouri.
In 1865 he followed Quantrill into Kentucky, where the notorious leader was killed, and his followers, McCorkle among them, surrendered and were paroled by Union authorities. Early in this century, having returned to farming, McCorkle told his remarkable Civil War experiences to O. S. Barton, a lawyer, who wrote this book, first published in 1914.
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By PearlyBaker on 08-26-17
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This book played out a little different than the Redleg book I read earlier. These boys simply seemed to be protecting my fellow Missourians from the thieving, raping, murdering Redlegs and Union flunkies not fit for real combat back east. I am always a little skeptical of the watered down history we get in school always told by the victor. I don't even believe the modern narrative that's gotten us into Orwellian never-ending wars. For instance the black boxes were never found on 9/11 but paper passports were? Building seven fell at free fall speed from a little flesh wound? So I have no reason to believe McCorkle was lying when he talked about the misdeeds of the redleg jayhawkers or the union men. And I laugh when I hear liberals and conservatives talk about another war that is anything but civil. We're so soft we wouldn't make it one without an air-conditioner or rectangle to stare at.