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Record Attendance at the Eleventh Annual Coffee Camp Heritage Dinner

Paul R. Petersen, Mast Sgt USMC (ret)

The Colonel John T. Coffee Camp #1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans played host to over 230 attendees on April 30th of this year at its eleventh annual heritage dinner, setting a new record for the event.

This year’s guest speaker was retired USMC Master Sergent Paul R Petersen, award winning author of “Quantrill of Missouri”, “Quantrill in Texas” and the newly released “Quantrill at Lawrence”.

Petersen covered a wide variety of topics in his lecture. He is what many consider an expert on Missouri Partisan Ranger, William Quantrill and revealed many previously known facts about the Missouri guerrilla fighter, his tactics and how they affect modern day warfare. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi freedom, Petersen emphasized that Quantrill was a legitimate military leader. So much so that his methods of warfare are taught to our military today.

Mr. Petersen emphasized that he has researched over 150 newspapers of the Civil War era relating to Quantrill and that they reveal many facts that previous historians have ignored in their writings, Petersen goes so far as to make the argument that many of the facts of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Ks were deliberately misrepresented. One of those facts is the popular belief that Quantrill burned over 300 buildings on his raid to Lawrence, Petersen noted that City of Lawrence, Ks own visitor’s bureau lists a total of only 85 buildings destroyed during the raid.

“Lawrence , Kansas was a legitimate military target that housed over 1000 Union troops at any given time”, Petersen said.

Also attending the event was a reporter from the Kansas City Star who asked “was the Civil War about slavery or states rights?” at which time Mr. Petersen answered her question by saying, “In many of the pictures of the Union Army , the officers were in the front row, followed by the white enlisted me and behind them, the black enlisted men. Quantrill had a black scout by the name of John Noland, the men in Quantrill’s command referred to  Noland as a man among men and after the war when he died, he had all white pallbearers at his funeral”.

During his speech Petersen also made note that war is an ugly business and that we need to support the men currently fighting for our country, at which time he received a standing ovation.

Mr. Petersens books are published by Pelican and can be found at all major bookstores and on the web.

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From the Kansas City Star:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/26/2750726/150-years-later-reading-the-civil.html

“•Paul Petersen of Raytowngives a new perspective on the Border War in “Quantrill at Lawrence: The Untold Story,” scheduled to be published in April (Pelican; $26.95).

Petersen makes the case that William Quantrill’s raid was not a bloody massacre against innocent citizens. Rather, his attacks affected only strategic military positions in Lawrence and brought Quantrill no monetary gain. According to Petersen, Union propaganda perpetuated the myth of Quantrill’s brutality.

Petersen furthers the controversy by arguing that Jayhawkers — the Kansans, that is — were the ruthless guerrillas, using the false front of patriotism to justify their violence.”

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/26/2750726/150-years-later-reading-the-civil.html#ixzz1IonT9hKh

Want to know more about “Quantrill of Missouri”? Then don’t miss the Col. John T. Coffee Camp’s 11th annual Heritage Dinner, featuring Paul R. Petersen , award winning author of “Quantrill of Missouri” , “Quantrill in Texas” and the upcoming book “Quantrill in Kansas” The dinner is free but you must RSVP before April 26, 2011. For information about this event and how to RSVP click on the following link:

https://myscv.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/press-release-petersen-to-be-guest-speaker-at-11th-annual-heritage-dinner/

 

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 garyayres@centurytel.net or by mail to Gary Ayres, 3615 S. 70th Rd., Humansville, MO 65674.

Related:

Confederate Heritage Dinner to Feature author of Quantrill Books- Food Network

Confederate Heritage Dinner to feature author of books about Quantrill -Nevada Daily Mail

Peterson to Speak at 11th Annual Heritage Dinner-Southeast Missourian



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

Email: clintlacy2@yahoo.com  

ELEVENTH ANNUAL CONFEDERATE HERITAGE DINNER 

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: garyayres@centurytel.net  or by  mail at:

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