Captain Quantrill and Partisan Ranger Captain William Anderson were a huge part of the Confederate resistance in Missouri. Although Missouri never officially seceded, our governor, Claiborne Fox Jackson wished to remain neutral. When Lincoln called for the mobilization of 50,000 Missourians, Governor Jackson refused citing the mobilization was unconstitutional. After the refusal, Federal General Nathanial Lyon launched an attack on the Capitol Jefferson City. When the Governor and much of the legislature fled into exile, the federals imposed a new, unelected governor to run Missouri. The first year of the war Missouri had the most engagements of all states. And the war split the state in the middle with atrocities staged by the federals against civilians and soldiers alike. Captain William “Bloody Bill” Anderson became who he was because his brother was murdered in cold blood by federal troops. The combination of Anderson and Quantrill was in direct retaliation for the federal atrocities including General Order 11. if those protesters knew the real history behind those historic firearms they might have a change of heart.