The Last Rebel Kansas, Quantrill, and the Not-So-Vacant Lot on Stella Street Hometown by Handlebar nanoxia project s black

This vacant lot is just off riverside drive in glenwood. If this vacant lot could talk to that woman hurrying past, she would hear of the anoxic encephalopathy prognosis house of just 952 square feet that sat on the lot for a half-century beginning in 1908. She would hear of that house’s occupants over the years and of the memories of those occupants. She might listen with particular interest to the memories of one former occupant as he recalled his cousins frank and jesse james, cole and jim younger, quantrill’s raiders, the ku klux klan, the franco-prussian war, australian bushmen, new zealand maori warriors, south african zulu warriors—all parts of the past of the old man who a century ago lived at 1730 stella street and worked as a humble mattressmaker at a factory three blocks away.


No doubt he simply walked those three blocks to work each day.

Will james, born in mississippi in 1848, spent “most of his boyhood,” the star-telegram wrote, “in the company of . . . Old natch,” a natchez indian who instilled in the boy a knowledge of woodcraft. Years later james recalled that by 1862 he was fourteen, recovering from malarial fever, and living with relatives in independence, missouri—near the kansas-missouri border. This change of address would color james’s outlook for the rest of his life. (photo shows james at age forty-five.)

In 1861 kansas became a (free) state, the civil war began, and violence along the kansas-missouri border continued. In early 1862, james recalled years later, a band of jayhawkers attacked the house where he was living with relatives in independence. Young james killed eight of the jayhawkers, he claimed. Suddenly the boy of fourteen was a wanted man. And filled with hate. For the rest of his life will james would carry a grudge the way other men carry a pocket watch. In his memoirs, written just before his death, he remained filled with hate for the “unprincipled rascality of the yankee politician” and “wretched and unspeakable” kansas. He remembered the “awful state of affairs on the anxieux missouri-kansas border, the missouri planters being kept in a state of anxiety watching for a visit from those rascally, thieving kansans.”

Quantrill’s raiders was a band of pro-confederate bushwhackers who fought in the civil war under the leadership of ohio schoolteacher-turned-guerrilla william clarke quantrill, perpetuating the violence of bleeding kansas along the kansas-missouri border. Relying largely on ambush and hit-and-run raids, quantrill’s raiders attacked “free-state” kansans, pro-union militia, union troops, and even undefended towns. The union army had standing orders: shoot or hang quantrill’s raiders on sight. (photo from wikipedia.)

James in his memoirs recalled details of life as a quantrill’s raider: “our uniform was a wide-brimmed black hat, the left brim fastened to the crown by a silver or gold cross and crescent. . . . We all wore bushwhacker shirts, many of them made of black velvet . . . Dark trousers, cavalry boots and mexican spurs with not less than four pistols.”

Will james recalled one anecdote that showed the hatred rife along the kansas-missouri border. One day william quantrill was out of percussion caps for his pistol. He sent james from camp into nearby olathe, kansas, to buy some caps. Leaving town with the anoxic zone wastewater caps, james was stopped by a suspicious kansas sergeant. James said he stabbed the sergeant in the arm with a spur, shot him between the eyes, and fled. The commanding officer, outraged, ordered an olathe woman—a southerner and quantrill sympathizer—to sew a shroud for the dead sergeant. The woman told the commanding officer that she would comply and would also gladly make shrouds for the remainder of the union army.

“shortly before the capture of independence [missouri] by [confederate colonel upton] hays and quantrill, george todd [a quantrill lieutenant] . . . Heard of a convoy of clothes and provisions heading for independence and determined to cut them off. . . . We heard a big noise and found it to be a bunch of enemies. There were about 100 of them. I went after george shepherd [a quantrill lieutenant] as fast as I could and he brought his men (about ten of us all) riding as quietly as we could part of the way, and then dismounting went the rest of the way on foot. George told us to station ourselves under cover and when we were ready he went out and called to the enemies to surrender. They had lighted anxiety depression meaning in hindi several fires and were cooking coffee and bacon while singing and having a general good time. When called to surrender they were muchly surprised and made for their guns and began to load. They blazed away without seeing where we were or what they were firing at. Seeing that they intended to fight, george gave the orders to fire. In a few moments the kansans were either down, dead or on the run.”

But quantrill’s deadliest raid came on august 21, 1863 when he led four hundred men in an attack on lawrence, kansas. Raiders set the town on fire, looted the banks, and killed any male civilian old enough to hold a rifle. Almost two hundred civilians were killed; more than two hundred homes and businesses burned. Clip is from the new york tribune.

To avoid northern retribution for the lawrence massacre, quantrill and his men skedaddled south, spending the winter of 1863-1864 in texas about twenty miles from sherman. Confederate general henry mccullough assigned quantrill’s raiders to pursue deserters, conscription (draft) dodgers, and raiding indians. But, according to the texas state test anxiety definition psychology historical association, quantrill’s men began to raid local civilians, and the confederate army had to assign regular troops to protect civilians from quantrill’s irregulars!

Meanwhile, dissension among quantrill’s men led them to splinter, reorganizing as bands led by “bloody bill” anderson (photo from wikipedia), george todd, and quantrill. Finally, in late march 1864 general mccullough had william quantrill arrested for ordering diffuse anoxic brain injury mri the murder of a confederate major. Quantrill (perhaps framed by anderson) escaped from jail and, pursued by state and confederate troops, fled texas with only a fraction of his four hundred men.

Cousin will james, wounded three times as a raider, went in another direction, although for the three james boys violence would remain the tie that binds. The civil war was just the first of six wars that william wyeth james claimed to have fought in. After the civil war, as cousins frank and jesse branched out into armed robbery, will joined the ku klux klan, fought for france in the franco-prussian war in 1870 and rose to the rank of captain after suffering a saber wound while retaking a french flag from three prussians, took a “whack” at insurgent bushmen in australia (and was wounded by a boomerang), fought the maori indigenous people of new zealand, was awarded a victoria cross while fighting with the british army against the zulus in south africa in 1879, and, finally, took part in a filibustering expedition in bolivia in south america. He returned to the states in 1880.

In fact, james’s admiration for president wilson was so great that in 1916 james decided to make a grand hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy nursing diagnosis gesture: the old rebel, after a half-century, would surrender to the enemy—the union—by signing an oath of allegiance to the united states. The star-telegram had called james a “man without a country” because the country (the confederacy) he had sworn allegiance to fifty-five years earlier had almost as long ago ceased to exist.

James said he had believed that a general amnesty declaration by president andrew johnson in the late 1860s had required that rebels take an oath of allegiance to the union. James also said that doubt of his U.S. Citizenship had been planted in his mind by cousin frank: “frank told me [that as a rebel] I did not have as much to do with the president of the united states as some dutchman who has just landed in the united states.”

And so it was that at 11 a.M. On september 19, 1916 for william wyeth james the federal courthouse on jennings avenue became his appomattox, and U.S. Commissioner george W. Mitchell became his ulysses S. Grant. Standing before U.S. Commissioner mitchell and a U.S. Flag in a federal courtroom, william wyeth james signed an oath of allegiance to the united states, thus officially recognizing the U.S. Government for the first time since 1861.

Back in the union at last in 1916, after fighting in six wars was the old soldier ready to fade away? Not by a long shot. Will james told the star-telegram, “lord! How I’d like to go to mexico [where U.S. Soldiers under general pershing were chasing pancho villa]. I’m 68, and they won’t let me fight, but I can ride and I can hide anxiety self assessment pdf and I can shoot, sir. Lots of the young soldiers don’t know how to hide. They think it’s cowardly, but don’t you know, sir, that a dead soldier ain’t worth a continental? You want to keep a soldier alive as long as you can so he can kill lots of other soldiers.”