There was a message on the Indian Terr. Board by Danny Knight that said Wm. Quantrill was a member of the Dixie Rangers who raided into southern Kansas in 1861. Apparently Generals Pike and McCulloch sent some men to IT to form this group to harrass the Union forces in southern Kansas with the idea that if the Union troops followed the raiders back into the Cherokee Nation the Cherokees would be forced to join the Confederacy. This plan worked and a treaty was signed between Ross' Cherokees and the Confederates in Oct 1861. How did Quantrill become involved with the Dixie Rangers or Confederate raiders? Does one of the books on Quantrill cover this period in his career?