School Teachers: This Is Why We Perform Background Checks
January 09, 2014
William Clarke Quantril was a Confederate raider, bushwhacker, guerilla leader, and...school teacher? William Quantril was born in 1837 in Ohio and was well educated to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a school teacher. After his father’s death, he became a teacher at the age of sixteen in 1853. However, he soon switched jobs to a lumberyard worker before he shot a man claiming self-defense. This foreshadowed his later life. He was soon released as there were no witnesses. He then relocated and resumed being a school teacher again in 1856 in Indiana. His employers were impressed with his teaching abilities, but his wages were too meager to advance his financial situation. He left teaching for good at this point and drifted from job to job and place to place usually on the wrong side of the law before he became the infamous, Confederate guerilla leader of “Quantril’s Raiders” that burned and sacked the city of Lawrence, Kansas during the Civil War.
He died in Kentucky in 1865 when he was mortally wounded in a Union ambush, his humble beginnings as a school teacher long forgotten in the pages of history…..
David C. J.
Midwest Genealogy Center