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I’ve been reading the Autobiography of Samuel S.Hildebrand in its newly edited, annotated version from the University of Arkansas Press, edited by Kirby Ross. I’ve read it before in its raw 1870 form, but Mr. Ross’s annotations provide a terrific addition.

Want to know what the war in Missouri was like? Here’s a random quote: “I found Mr. Miller in his field, and shot him. After night I found Mr. Johnson at home, took him out of his house, and cut off his head with my bowie knife.”

Not so much war as terrorism, practiced every day by both sides. War up close and personal.

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