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    William Quantrill: Autograph Note Signed (ANS): A Pass To Cross The Lines.
    1 p., 4.25" x 4.5", August 15, 1862, archival tape reinforcement on folds on the verso, else fine. A pass permitting a family to cross the lines, in full: "August 15, 1862 Permit Jno. McCoy, family, and conveyance and baggage to pass unmolested by order of W.C. Quantrill Capt. Com C.S.A.". Before the Civil War Quantrill joined a group of bandits who roamed the Missouri and Kansas countryside apprehending escaped slaves. Later on this group became Confederate soldiers, who were referred to as "Quantrill's Raiders". This group was a pro-Confederate partisan ranger outfit best known for their often brutal guerrilla tactics, which made use of effective Native American field skills. Also notable, Quantrill's group included the infamous young Jesse James and his older brother Frank James. Quantrill is often noted as influential in the minds of many bandits, outlaws and hired guns of the Old West as it was being settled. In May 1865, Quantrill was mortally wounded by Union troops in Central Kentucky, in one of the last engagements of the Civil War. Quantrill's letters and notes are quite scarce and desirable. We have been unable to source any Quantrill autographs at auction.


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    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
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