Sonja..Of course Read was the white sheriff of Collin County at the time.It would appear that Quantrill may have thought Read had unionist sympathies for whatever odd reason and this led to the shoot-out and Read's eventual capture and hanging.Recollect that Quantrill and his men had for 2 years fought federals in Missouri under the black flag and were the tuffest and most talented six-shooter fighters that ever rode a horse.All similar to Clint Eastwood in the movie,"The Outlaw Josey Wales."In other words,wherever they went all others backed off.I suppose Sheriff Read was an exception.
You ask about other hangings in Collin County.Around 50 Confederate deserters were also captured by Quantrill and dispatched in Finch Park.
I do not have immediate information of hangings of blacks in Collin County.Certainly there were some as thruout both the North and South for various reasons.An interesting statistic most politically correct historians today have conveniently ignored.Around 5-8% of soldiers in the Confederate Army were black and serving to defend their Country.
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