Press Release: Petersen to be Guest Speaker at 11’th Annual Heritage Dinner


 Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934

Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans

Osceola, Mo.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Clint E. Lacy



Featuring Guest Speaker Paul R. Pertersen 

The Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934 will be holding its eleventh annual Confederate Heritage Dinner on April 30, 2011.  We are pleased to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Master Sgt. Paul R. Petersen. Paul R. Petersen is an award-winning author and educator who lectures on the Missouri-Kansas Border War. He is a member of the William Clarke Quantrill Society, the National James-Younger Gang Association, and the Sons of the American Revolution. A highly decorated retired master sergeant with the United States Marine Corps, Petersen is an infantry combat veteran of Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. His combat experience brings insight into the character of William Clarke Quantrill, the man who was responsible for developing modern guerrilla warfare. Author of three books, Quantrill of Missouri, Quantrill in Texas and Quantrill at Lawrence, Petersen’s insights brings complex patterns of events into clear focus, identifies the personalities involved along the border and quotes memorably from firsthand accounts giving a clear understanding of the temper of the times. Quantrill at Lawrence is the only account explaining the causes, reasoning and justification for the 1863 Lawrence raid. It is the first time a complete story has been written using accounts by both the victims and the raiders. Researched facts that earlier historians have intentionally omitted have been included. Quantrill of Missouri received the distinguished Perry Award for Best Book in 2004 and Quantrill in Texas received the 2009 Milton F. Perry Best Non-Fiction Award. 

The event (which includes dinner) is free to the public . Fellowship will be from 5:00-6:00pm , meal will be served at 6:00 with Mr. Petersen speaking at 7:00 pm.  All interested parties must RSVP (no later than April 26). 

For more information contact Gary Ayres at: 417-754-8397 , by email at:  or by  mail at:

Gary Ayres, 3615 S. 70th Rd., Humansville, MO   65674.

4 responses

  1. I would certainly enjoy this event and the comraderie associated with it, but alas, live quite a ways away in Virginia and will actually be in South Carolina at this time. Still, the book sounds like one I would very much like to read and may seek it out at the local Barnes and Noble. I appreciate the invitation very much and hope I will one day be able to join in this annual event as I had two Confederate ancestors from Missouri, though they were enlisted in the regular Confederate army. Best wishes to all.

    1. Thank You sir,
      Perhaps someday you can make it out to the frontier, we’d love to have you!

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