Quantrill Ambushed, Later Dies

Wednesday, May 10, 1865 to Tuesday, June 6, 1865

William Clarke Quantrill. Image courtesy of the Internet Archive.

William Clarke Quantrill, who continues to lead his guerrilla forces after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, falls into a Union ambush near Taylorsville, Kentucky, and is shot in the chest. On June 6, 1865, he dies from his wounds at a Louisville, Kentucky, military prison hospital. According to legend, Quantrill may have survived the ambush and spent the remainder of his life as "John Sharp" in Chile, Fort Worth, Oregon, and British Columbia. Little evidence exists to support this legend, but it helps cement Quantrill's reputation as an enigmatic figure. 


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