Let me first say that I know nothing of the Quantrill's or other bands of men like them. A post in here stated, basically, that Quantrill and many other bands like his, existed because they believed in the same things (naturally, not everything).
I'm thinking their common ground was probably politically motivated. Can you share, briefly, your thoughts about why they existed? Were they politically motivated? Were they noble in their cause? Were they southerners with southern sympathies or northerners with yankee sympathies?
These may seem like dumb questions, and I suppose they are, but I'm trying to rule out Quantrill or others like him for the death of a KEMP family of ancestors. I've done extensive search for this family and cannot even figure out which state they were in when they were killed. Then I read a post about the Quantrill's and thought maybe they could be a connection, and possibly a whole new search that could end up as fruitless as my past searches.
My Great Uncle Wilbur FOWLER of KY, b. 1914, stated in a letter to my mother in 1961, the following (NOTE: The father i've found out is George F. KEMP, born 22 Dec 1856, which would make the year of his family's killing about 1863. If I remember right, the Civil War ended in 1865 which would make the quote below inaccurate, at the very least):
"The father of your Grandmother Louise KEMP FOWLER was orphaned when he was just seven years old. His whole family was murdered by renegades and deserters from the Confederate Army after the Civil War. Some person got him across the river into Kentucky and left him alone in the woods, and he was found by a man by the name of Jim TANNER of Wickliffe and was reared by him."
He states later, "....on your Grandmother's side of the family, her Grandfather was a slave owner in Kentucky. They were raided by Yankee Calvary..."
If Quantrill and others politically like him, were southern sympathizers, I guess I could rule out any connection with the demise of the KEMP family IF the KEMP family were southerners (which they appear to be). Possibly, as good ol' Uncle Will stated, they were a mishap of renegades and deserters, except it happened DURING the war or George was not 7 years old when his family was murdered.
Any thoughts you or any one on this board has, are truly appreciated. Thank you,