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Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand: The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker

by Sutherland, Daniel E., editor
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Retail Price: $24.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 1557287996

In the spirit of the notorious Border Ruffians of the mid-to-late 1850s, Samuel S. Hildebrand haunted the towns of the Missouri River Valley throughout much of the Civil War. Although he could boast little formal education, Hildebrand commanded a daring group of supporters who employed guerilla-like tactics in an effort to frustrate Union forces in the region. Hildebrand was indiscriminate in his killing; soldiers and civilians, whites and blacks, men and women, all perished at his hands. Journalist and historian Kirby Ross edits this autobiography, which was originally published in 1870.

review of Autobiography of Samuel S. Hildebrand: The Renowned Missouri Bushwhacker, by Sutherland, Daniel E., editor, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).