with local sympathizers forming guerrilla bands under such leaders as “Bill” Anderson
, and Quantrell
, soon had practical possession of the greater part of the State
The Radicals were the principal sufferers.
Conservatives, except by the occasional loss of property, were rarely molested.
Between them and the Rebels
there was often an agreement for mutual protection — in fact, it was not always easy to draw the line between them,--but the Charcoals, especially if they were “Dutchmen,” could look for no compassion.
They were shot down in their fields.
They were called to their doors at night and there dispatched.
Their houses were burned and their stock stolen.
Many families of comparative wealth and refinement, including women and children, because of the insecurity of their homes, slept in the woods for weeks and months.
The Radicals were not always fortunate enough to escape bodily torture.
Having captured one of the best known among them, an old man and a civilian, some of “Bill” Anderson
's men set him up against the wall of his house as a target for pistol practice.
Their play consisted in seeing how near they could put their shots without hitting, and this amusement they kept up while his wife was running about in an effort to raise the amount of money that was demanded for his ransom.
So successful were the Rebel
bands at this time that Missouri
was not large enough to hold them.
One of them, led by Quantrell
, crossed the Kansas
line, captured the city of Lawrence
, and butchered two hundred of its peaceable inhabitants, while the