Rode with the James, Daltons and Youngers. Brigadier General of the UCV.
James Shaw Millikin was William Quantrill’s youngest raider during the Civil War, and was for many years, the sole survivor of that notorious outfit until his death in 1929. He enlisted with Quantrill’s band after being denied enlistment with regular Confederate forces due to his youth. Quantrill, on the other hand wanted them young, and used Millikin as a major recruiting tool to draw other young lads to his querrillas.
In an interview he did in 1929 just before his death at 79, he mentioned knowing the James Brothers, Frank and Jessie, Cole Younger and other later desperadoes. He told of 27 Kansas towns they attacked, not to mention Lawrence, Kansas that wes burned in one of the most historic raids. “The town proper was garrisoned by two negro regiments, and these wee supplemented by 600 “Red Legs”, as Jim Lane’s cavalry of Kansas”Jayhawkers” were dubbed.” Millikin went on to say that they (Quantrill’s men) rode the finest mounts, and carried the best equipment. “We played a winning game all the way through. We would rendezvous around a town garrisoned by enemy troops and watch for small scouting bodies. These scouting bodies seldom ever returned to their commands. We not only cut them off, we cut them down. Took no prisoners!”
He recalls stories about the likes of Billy Anderson and his famous raid on Centralia. Telling his interviewer, “Just as soon as my eyesight improves, I’m going to Centralia. They tell me they have a large and beautiful federal cemetery in that town, and I want to see how it looks.” The complete interview can be found by following this link; http://quantrillsguerrillas.com/…/198
Millikin was heavily involved with the United Confederate Veterans, and was appointed Brigadier General to the staff of General Carr, the Commander of the UCV.
He was a successful business man, in general mercantile trade, cotton, etc. He unsuccessfully ran for governor of he State of Louisiana on the Republican ticket in 1924.
James S. Millikin led a interesting life to say the least. He died September of 1929 at his home in Millikin, Louisiana at the age of 79.
The portrait photograph of Millikin was most likely made in the last ten years of his life, as he was captured by the lens wearing his Masonic Medal and watch fob. The signature is bold. There is soiling under the glass from ages of being uncared for. The backing shows torn paper but never taken out. The image is super!
What sights this man must have seen in his day. Quite the historic figure.
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