Title: Lock of hair from the head of William Clarke Quantrill
Description: Lock of hair, blond / white, placed within a wooden frame. Note in the front of the frame states: Lock of hair of Wm. Clarke Quantrill, the chief of guerilla warfare. Sticker on the back of the frame: C.M. Miller, fine picture framing, 318116, Austin, Texas.
Description: Historical Note: Lock of hair from the head of William Clarke Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla soldier. He was born in Dover, Ohio, on July 31, 1837. Quantrill entered the Civil War on the Confederate side with enthusiasm. By late 1861, he was the leader of Quantrill's Raiders, a small force of no more than a dozen men who harassed Union soldiers and sympathizers along the Kansas-Missouri border and often clashed with Jayhawkers, the pro-Union guerrilla bands that reversed Quantrill's tactics by staging raids from Kansas into Missouri. Union forces soon declared him an outlaw, and the Confederacy officially made him a captain. To his supporters in Missouri, he was a dashing, free-spirited hero. Quantrill was eventually killed on a raid into Kentucky in 1865.
Citation information: ATF0307, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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