Dastardly Federal Deeds

Civilian Massacre In St. Louis - April 20th, 1861

Anti Partisan & Guerrillla sentiment ran rampant by the Federals in occupied Missouri. They even forced the media of the day to tell the "Federal side" of the story...

An article printed by The Kansas City Daily Journal of Commerce supported making "fair game" of the families and friends of the Missouri Partisan Rangers:

"It is an utter impossibility to rid the country of these pestilent outlaws, so long as their families remain. One of the greatest difficulties the military authorities have to encounter, is the constant information that the families of the bushwhackers give of every movement the troops make. With the aid of these spies, dotted all over the country and living in the perfect security, a hundred bushwhackers may defy the efforts of five hundred solders to exterminate them."

The following account is a portion of a manuscript written by Quantrill's Lieutenant, William H. Gregg after the war.

Gregg, a fierce fighter, was also very accomplished writer. The following is an excerpt from "A Little Dab of History Without Embellishment".

"...About the 18th of February, 1863 Col. Bill Penick stationed a Independence whose men were part Missourians and part Kansans sent a scout of about seventy five men sixteen miles south of Independence to the houses of Col. Jim Saunders and Uncle Jeptha Crawford, the scout arriving at the house of Saunders first, divided, one half going to Crawford's.

Mrs. Saunders and her daughter prepared dinner for the half staying there, the Col. furnished feed for their horses, all went well until dinner was over, ( mind you that the snow was fourteen inches deep with the mercury 10 degrees below zero when Col. Saunders was placed under guard, the house burned, the women not allowed a bonnet or shawl. On leaving Saunders place, they told the wife they were going to take Col. to Independence and make him take the oath.

On the arrival of this party at Crawford's practically the same scenes were enacted, except they snatched a lace cap from the head of Mrs. Crawford and they threw it in the flames of the burning building, they also told Mrs. Crawford that the men would not be hurt. On their way to Independence arriving at the house of James Burris, they dismounted Crawford and Saunders and shot them to death.

It was such dastardly acts as the forgoing that caused the raid on Lawrence..."

It is no suprise that so many Missouri farm boys and civilians to joined up with Missouri Partisan Ranger groups to settle the score of tyrannical, murderous and criminal treatment of Missouri's innocent citizens.

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