Wreaths of Glory

Written by Johnny D. Boggs
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

Captured by the Union Army after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1861, Alistair Durant is given parole and begins the long walk home to Missouri. While on his trek home, he meets Beans Kimbrough, a young man who tried to kill his own sergeant and is on the run from the Confederate Army. They become friends and together travel to Clay County in Missouri, where Beans introduces him to a man named Charlie Hart, a.k.a. William Quantrill. It is Hart’s plan to organize a militia to fight against the federal army and Union sympathizers in Missouri. Alistair and Beans join the guerrilla band and fight alongside Bloody Bill Anderson and Frank James. Alistair will learn there are no wreaths of glory in fighting an uncivil war.

Johnny Boggs is a prolific Western writer of novels and articles. His stories rarely fail to please those who enjoy tales of the West, including this book about the American Civil War and the fighting that took place in Missouri. Highly recommended not only for those who enjoy Western lore, but for Civil War buffs also.