I guess we will have to agree to diagree. Killing 12 year old boys in front of their mothers was considered then to be a bit distastefull then has now. Using the same logic the Kansas militas and USV units would certainly of been justified in killing every single Secesh male 12 and up. I have never said that the conflict in the Kan, Mo and Ark theater was a simple black and white struggle of good vs evil. However massive terorissim will only breed massive counter terrorisim of eye for an eye. Edward Leslies book'The Devil know how to ride" cites sources that had least 30 Bushwackers died althogh the final tally will never be known sine the enraged Kansas troops and civilian posses killed many Mo men.