The Missouri-Kansas border war, prior to and during the Civil War, resulted in larger than life legends-William Quantrill, Jesse and Frank James, and William "Bloody Bill" Anderson. These infamous men captured the imagination of many people, including two artists who chose to memorialize some of Quantrill's Guerrillas, the James-Younger gang, and others associated with them like Brigadier General Joseph Orville Shelby.

This digital collection consists of 52 charcoal portraits created by A. L. Dillenbeck and Elmer Stewart (although not all shown here). It appears that both artists used photographs as a basis for their drawings. Dillenbeck's drawings are not dated but are believed to have been created in the late 1800s. Stewart added "93" under his signature.

Click on each sketch for information relating to the individual.

Sketches & Biographical Notes Courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.