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Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso

Christopher Grasso


Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso is an account of an extraordinary nineteenth-century American life. A schoolteacher and Methodist preacher in Missouri, in the Civil War Kelso earned fame fighting rebel guerrillas. Seeking personal revenge as well as defending the Union, he vowed to slay twenty-five rebels with his own hand, and when he did so he was elected to Congress. In the House of Representatives during Reconstruction, he was one of the first to call for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. After his term in Congress, personal tragedy drove him wes ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Missouri, guerrilla warfare, free-thought, Reconstruction, Methodism, atheism, spiritualism, anarchism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197547328
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197547328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Grasso, author
Professor of History, College of William & Mary