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|Quantrill and his Raiders were brutal. Most accounts that I have read depict him more as a criminal and extremist than a soldier. Clearly he crossed the line (more than once) and was not of the same honorable caliber as a JEB Stuart. Cavalrymen had a lot of "freedom" during the war in regards to raids and seek and destroy-type missions. However, most of them practiced their "art of war" with a level of decency (especially when it came to civilians). Quantrill, although effective, did not hold himself or his men to the same standards IMO.