William Clarke Quantrill Society

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William Clarke Quantrill Society


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Leadership …

President Cindy Taylor   Board Members
Vice-President Jim White   Jackie Roberts
Treasurer Michael Bergman   Sharon Quinn
Secretary Marcia Rudd   Harold Dellinger
Sergeant at Arms Steve Constable   David Goodman
Committee Appointments
Historian Terry Elliott
Website Bob Capps
The No Quarterly Editor Jackie Roberts

Ideas for the website …

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Questions about membership …

Membership in the William Clarke Quantrill Society is $12 per year and may be purchased at anytime for the current or next year.

The William Clarke Quantrill Society is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the study of the Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas border with emphasis on the lives of Quantrill, his men, his supporters, his adversaries and the resulting historical record. A secondary purpose is to collect and disseminate genealogical information about Quantrill, his men and their descendants.

Contact information …


William Clarke Quantrill Society
P.O. Box 520123
Independence, Missouri 64052-0123

The loyalty oath or Ironclad oath …

Became effective in September 1865, a result of the 1865 Constitution. Radical Republicans writing the constitution wished to punish those who were sympathetic to the late Confederate cause. They intended the oath to expressly exclude Confederate sympathizers from voting or holding certain professions, including those of lawyer, teacher, corporate officer, and church officer. The oath, of questionable constitutionality, was difficult to enforce and subjected to much judicial review. Eventually, a case involving Father John A. Cummings, a Catholic priest from Louisiana, Missouri , was appealed to the United States Supreme Court, where the justices ruled in 1867 that the oath was unconstitutional. Voters repealed it in November 1870.

Some oaths were preprinted for signatures; others were handwritten. The oath read, in part, "...that I have never, directly or indirectly, done any of the acts in said section specified; that I have always been truly and loyally on the side of the United States against all enemies thereof, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States, and will support the Constitution and laws thereof, as the supreme law of the land..."


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