|William H. Gregg's "A Little Dab of History Without Embellishment," written in 1906, is a memoir of his service under Confederate guerrilla William Clarke Quantrill from December 1861 to 1864, and includes a description of the sack of Lawrence, Kansas. This is a twenty-two page transcription of his 125 page-handwritten manuscript, as Mr. Gregg remembered those days forty-four years earlier with names, dates and places of events Gregg experienced while one of Quantrill's men and while on his own during the Civil War.
This manuscript was written at the request of William E. Connelley, who later used it to write the book "Quantrill and the Border Wars" published in 1910.
On the back of Part I the following is written in blue pencil: "The Gregg Manuscript - First Copy - by William H. Gregg. (Signed) William E. Connelley. This is my copy. WmEC".
On the back of part II the following is written in blue pencil: " Second Installment of the Manuscript of Captain William H. Gregg. (Signed) William E. Connelley. My copy. Wm EC".
William H. Gregg was born in Jackson County, Mo., February 8, 1838, to Jacob and Nancy Lewis Gregg. He married Elizabeth Eleanor Hook of Odessa on November 1864 and together raised five children. Mr. Gregg as a Confederate Guerrilla along side William Clarke Quantrell from late December 1861 through late 1864. When Quantrill's command began to crumble, Mr. Gregg left Sherman Texas and joined General Joe Shelby's Commard where he was made a captain in Shanks' Brigade. After the war he returned to farm in Jackson County and served as a deputy sheriff. It was during this time that he wrote of his experiences with Quantrill. Captain Gregg died April 22, 1916.