Boston Corbett


In 1886 the Grand Army of the Republic got the impoverished zealot a post as doorkeeper at the Kansas State Legislature. Early the next year God spoke again, and while the House was in session, Corbett strode into the room, drew a revolver, and opened fierce but in effective fire on the terrified legislators. That act put him in the Topeka Asylum for the Insane, but after three months there he ascaped. A week later he dropped in on an old friend from Andersonville, complained of the treatment he had received from an ungrateful nation, and said he was heading for Mexico. Then he disappeared. Rumors of his whereabouts would keep cropping up until well into this century, but the Glory-to-God Man was gone.