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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

….Men, Horses, and the Tactical Advantages of Guerrilla Warfare in Myth and Reality.

"More than any other theater of war, Missouri's guerrilla conflict has been shrouded in mythology. Many of these legends were crafted by John N. Edwards and crystalized into a so-called history. Noted Guerrillas, his quasi-history of the war, turned William H. Gregg, Cole Younger, George Todd, Bill Anderson, and William Clarke Quantrill into heroes like the champions and near-gods of classical Greece and Rome. While nominally about Quantrill, Edwards offered a rather revealing description of the guerrilla as an archetype: "He was a living, breathing, aggressive, all-powerful reality – riding through the midnight, laying ambuscades by lonesome roadsides, catching marching columns by the throat, breaking in upon the flanks and tearing a suddenly surprised rear to pieces; vigilant, merciless, a terror by day and a superhuman if not supernatural thing when there was upon the earth blackness and darkness." Whatever…"
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