By James W. and John W.
Silas M. Gordon, known as 'Si', the youngest son of a respected
Platte County family, and John Thrailkill, orphaned at a young age and living
with a relative in Andrew County when the was broke out, were destined to play
legendary roles in the Civil War. Each became a company captain in the First
Missouri Cavalry CSA, under Col. Elijah Gates. Through fate, each became a
guerrilla band leader midway thru the war. Their actions are detailed in this
book. Neither ever surrendered. Si settled in Texas as a trader and John went
to Mexico with Gen. JO Shelby, joined with the Dictator Diaz, and became quite
wealthy. Fascinating stories! Soft-cover. Note: An authentic picture of
John Thrailkill included.