Bushwhackers in the American vernacular were Civil War guerrillas, outside the normal chain of military command. Like William Clarke Quantrill and “Bloody Bill” Anderson, Samuel Hildebrand was a proud Missouri bushwhacker.

This self-serving but fascinating account is a valuable addition to the canon of Civil War literature. In it, Hildebrand claims that others have tried to tell his story but have gotten it wrong, so he has a notarized statement by prominent men included as verification of authenticity.

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