Lead: In the bloody run up to war during the 1850s the Territory of Kansas attracted its share of drifters seeking to take advantage of the conflict over slavery. One of those was William Clarke Quantrill.

Intro. A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Born in Ohio in 1837, Quantrill taught school in Illinois and Indiana before moving to Kansas. He tried farming to no great success and opened a rural school in the free soil community of Osawatomie. Neither venture lasted long and by 1860 Quantrill had joined a band of drifters whose allegiance was to the anti-slavery side but whose real occupation was petty theft and murder.