National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: January 5, 2012

National Archives at Kansas City

Author Darryl Levings to Discuss Saddle the Pale Horse at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host Darryl Levings Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his novel Saddle the Pale Horse. Levings will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Based on real characters and events, Saddle the Pale Horse weaves together the Civil War stories of a land where treachery ruled and cruelty had no bounds. Set in Missouri in 1864 when teenaged bushwhackers rode and killed with Jesse James, William Quantrill, and Bloody Bill, a uniform was no guarantee of a soldier’s allegiance, and officers or men often looked the other way when anyone mentioned the law. Saddle the Pale Horse follows the Confederate invasion from the day that an aging general’s ragtag army crossed the border from Arkansas. It continues through the death and destruction wrought by pitched battle and by guerrilla raid, and culminates in the massive clashes of arms at the Battles of Westport and Mine Creek.

Copies of Saddle the Pale Horse will be available for purchase via The Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

About the Author

Darryl Levings has been an editor at The Kansas City Star for three decades and has led several history projects for the newspaper. He created a series on national landmarks in the region, edited two collections of World War II commemorative stories, and directed a month of daily reports from the Oregon Trail during its sesquicentennial. Most recently, he directed and wrote for The Star’s Civil War 150 series.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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