William Clarke Quantrill Society

Missouri Partisan Rangers


William Clarke Quantrill Society


Forest Hill Confederate Monument
In Memory of Our Confederate Dead - Forest Hill Cemetery

The "Missouri Partison Ranger" gave us the following information about the 1992 reinterment. Thanks to Russ Lenzini.

William Clarke Quantrill was killed in 1865. Trapped in a barn at Wakefield Farm, about a mile from Smiley, Kentucky by Captain Edward Terrell and his cavalry detachment.

While attempting to escape he was struck by two Spencer balls, one in the hand, the other paralyzing him from the waist down. He was tranferred to a military hospital in Louisville, Kentucky then to a Catholic hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He died there June 6th, 1865.

He was buried in the old Portland Catholic Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 1887 his mother had his bones brought back to Ohio. The man she paid to remove the body stole some of the skeleton, and years later, some of it showed up in the hands of a Kansas collector.

Eventually these parts were moved to the Old Confederate Veterans Home and Cemetery at Higginsville, Missouri.

On October 24th, 1992 William Clarke Quantrill was reinterred in the Old Confederates Home and Cemetery with the full Confederate honors due him by the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

May He Rest In Peace.

One of William Clarke Quantrill's Graves


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