Confederate Heritage Dinner to feature author of books about Quantrill

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Osceola, Mo. — The Colonel John T. Coffee Camp No. 1934 will be holding its 11th annual Confederate Heritage Dinner on April 30, at the Assembly of God church in Osceola, Mo.This year’s guest speaker will be Master Sgt. Paul R. Petersen, 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.

As author of three books, “Quantrill of Missouri,” “Quantrill in Texas” and “Quantrill at Lawrence,” Petersen’s insights bring 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 and open to the public. Fellowship will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the meal will be served at 6 o’clock with Petersen speaking at 7. All interested parties must RSVP no later than April 26.

For more information contact Gary Ayres at (417) 754-8397 or by e-mail at or by mail to Gary Ayres, 3615 S. 70th Rd., Humansville, MO 65674.


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