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In a Louisville, Kentucky prison, notorious Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill dies of wounds

William Clarke Quantrill, detail
Captain William Clarke Quantrill, the ruthless Confederate guerrilla leader responsible for many alleged atrocities, including the murderous raid on Lawrence, Kansas, died in a military prison hospital in Louisville, Kentucky of paralyzing wounds sustained during his capture on May 10, 1865. He converted to the Catholic faith in his last days and was buried in an unmarked grave in St. John's Cemetery, Louisville.  He was twenty-seven years old. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Albert E. Castel, William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999), 213-214.