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John Noland was one of William Quantrill's scouts, and helped in scouting Lawrence, Kansas before the raid by Quantrill's men in 1863.[1] Post-war pictures show him sitting with his comrades at reunions of the Raiders.[2] In the 1999 movie Ride with the Devil, depicting a group of fictionalized Missouri bushwhackers similar to those of Quantrill's Raiders, the character of Daniel Holt was representative of Quantrill's John Noland. The film depicted the black Confederate even though his awkwardness in fighting for the Southern Cause is also evident. The film also shows the fictional Holt participating in Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas.



  1. Edward E. Leslie, The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and his Confederate Raiders, Da Capo Press, 1996, p. 192
  2. William Garrett Piston, Thomas P. Sweeney, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War, University of Arkansas Press, 2009, p. 306