Deal Family Saga...Photo Album

 Sergeant Daniel Deal, son of William and Susannah Deal and husband of Cynthia Farr Deal, enlisted in Company D, 70th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry on 24 July, 1862. He served as the Regimental Color Bearer. Wounded (shell concussion) during the battle of Resaca, Georgia in 1864, he remained with the unit until being mustered out in 1865.

  Daniel Deal died in Kansas, in 1870, of complications from the wound that he suffered during the war. He was subject to spontaneous siezures which grew worse in his final years. The official cause of death was listed as pnuemonia.

Sergeant Daniel Deal 1834-1870

  Cynthia Ann Farr Deal, daughter of James and Delilah Farr, was born in Ray Township, Morgan County, Indiana. She and Daniel Deal were married 18 January 1866, in Illinois. The couple moved to Kansas to live near relatives.

  Cynthia Deal was truly the faithful wife, caring for her husband Daniel through his final years while raising their three children. She later returned to Illinois and married Levi P. Hyatt, a widower with one child.

Cynthia Ann Farr Deal

 Silas Philo Deal, son of William and Susannah Deal, served in Company B, 30th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. He was drafted on 14 October 1864. He fought under Lieutenant Colonel Henry W. Lawton in the Battle of Nashville, December, 1864. He mustered out at Victoria, Texas, 13 October 1865, and later returned to Indiana.

Silas Philo Deal 1830-1914

  Henry Wager Halleck (1815-1872), Union general during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Halleck was born in Westernville, New York, and educated at Union College and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was an expert in military fortifications. In 1846 he wrote Elements of Military Art and Science, which was used during the Civil War as a training manual for volunteer officers.

 Halleck served in California during the Mexican War (1846-1848). He resigned from the army in 1854 and had a successful career as a lawyer and industrialist until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he reentered the army with the rank of major general. He commanded the Department of Missouri and planned the western campaign of 1862. In July 1862 he was appointed general in chief of the United States armies, and he held that post until 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln replaced him with General Ulysses S. Grant. Halleck then served as chief of staff of the army until 1865. Although Halleck was an excellent administrator, historians generally agree that he was overly cautious as a field commander and was a poor military strategist. After the war Halleck remained in the army, serving at San Francisco and, after 1869, at Louisville, Kentucky. His writings include Bitumen: Its Varieties, Properties, and Uses (1841) and International Law (1861). Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2000. © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Major General Henry Halleck 1815-1872

  William Clarke Quantrill (1837-1865), American Confederate guerrilla commander, born in Canal Dover (now Dover), Ohio. Before the American Civil War he was a gambler and, occasionally, a schoolteacher in the West and Midwest. Warrants for his arrest were issued several times on charges of murder, theft, and horse thievery. When the Civil War began in 1861, Quantrill, aided by the notorious outlaw Jesse James, headed a band of Confederate guerrillas in Missouri and Kansas, raiding farms and communities sympathetic to the Union. In 1862 he was commissioned a captain in the Confederate army; that same year he was declared an outlaw by Union authorities. On August 21, 1863, he led his guerrillas on their most infamous exploit when they burned and pillaged the town of Lawrence, Kansas, killing more than 150 unarmed men, women, and children. In October, they killed about 100 Union soldiers at Baxter Springs, Kansas. Two years later the guerrillas were looting in Kentucky when a small force of Union soldiers surprised them and fatally wounded Quantrill. Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2000. © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (A search of numerous Websites, which are devoted to the history of Quantrill, could persuade one to accept the possibility that Quantrill's Raiders were selective in killing only men during their raids. A few sites indicate they killed men and boys; others men, women, and children. Some sites portray Quantrill and his men as heros, however in most, he was the vilest of villains. You must draw your own conclusion. JHR)

William Clarke Quantrill 1837-1865

  Jesse Woodson James (1847-1882), American outlaw, whose exploits, both real and legendary, in bank and train robberies won him worldwide notoriety. James was born in Clay County, Missouri. At the age of 15, during the American Civil War (1861-1865), James joined a band of pro-Confederate raiders led by the rebel William Clarke Quantrill. During this time, James earned a reputation for reckless daring. After the war, he organized his own gang of robbers which included his older brother Frank, and Cole, James, and Robert Younger. One of their most famous bank robbery attempts occurred in 1876 at the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. When the bank clerk refused to open the safe, the gang brutally murdered him and then tried to escape. In the shoot-out that followed, all the gang members except Jesse and Frank were killed or captured.

 In 1882, while living at home with his family in Saint Joseph, Missouri, under the name of Thomas Howard, James was shot from behind by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang. Ford had been seeking the $10,000 reward offered by Governor Thomas Theodore Crittenden of Missouri for the capture of the James brothers, dead or alive. Soon after his brother's death, Frank James surrendered. The American public treated him as a hero and he was acquitted twice; he died in 1915 at his Missouri farm. Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2000. © 1993-1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Jesse Woodson James 1847-1882
Alexander Franklin James 1843-1915

  As youngsters in Lee's Summit, Mo., the Youngers were witness to the bloody Kansas-Missouri border skirmishes and then the strife of the Civil War. Cole Younger joined William C. Quantrill's raiders, Confederate guerrillas and near-outlaws, and met Frank James, another member. After the war, in 1866, Cole joined Jesse and Frank James and other outlaws in a gang robbing banks in Missouri and in surrounding states. Jim Younger joined them in 1868, John Younger about a year later, and Bob Younger about 1872. The next summer the gang added train robberies to their derring-do.

By this time, Pinkerton agents and Missouri sheriffs had been long in pursuit. In March 1874 three of them found John and Jim Younger and killed John in a shootout.

The three remaining Youngers reached the end of their career on Sept. 7, 1876, when, with Frank and Jesse James and three others, they attempted to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minn. Leaving the bank, they were met by the gunfire of a mob of citizens, who pursued them as they fled into nearby swamps. Three of the gang (Clell Miller, Bill Chadwell, and Charlie Pitts) were killed. Frank and Jesse James escaped; and the Youngers, with Jim badly wounded, were captured. The three Youngers pleaded guilty to robbery and murder and were sentenced to life imprisonment. Bob died in prison of tuberculosis. Cole and Jim were granted pardons in 1901. Jim, in ill health, put a bullet through his head the following year. Cole wrote The Story of Cole Younger, by himself (1903), played in Wild West shows and carnivals for a few years, and then retired to his hometown of Lee's Summit, Mo., where he died of a heart attack.

Bob, Jim, Cole, and Henrietta Younger 1889

James H. Lane Born 22 June 1814, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Death by suicide, 11 July 1866, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas

 Lane came to Kansas to prosper but had different methods and goals in mind. Former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Lane planned to use political power, influence peddling, patronage, graft, and corruption to achieve his fortune. He became a powerful man in Kansas very quickly. His career typifies the effort of a significant number of opportunists who shaped events in that state, but he was more successful than most. He is mentioned here because his activities directly altered or ended the lives of thousands of Kansans and Missourians, including members of the Deal and Myers families

James Henry Lane

 James Gilpatrick Blunt, recruited the Kansas Brigade in which he commanded a cavalry regiment. In April 1862, he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers. He commanded the Department of Kansas, Old Fort Wayne. He commanded the 1st division, Army of the Frontier, Prairie Grove. November 1862, promoted to Major General of Volunteers. He was dismissed from command after his wagon train was attacked by guerillas.

Brigadier General James Gilpatrick Blunt 1826-1881

Photos from the National Archives, Library of Congress, Denver Public Library