Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border (Google eBook)
During the Civil War, the western front was the scene of some of that conflictis bloodiest and most barbaric encounters as Union raiders and Confederate guerrillas pursued each other from farm to farm with equal disregard for civilian casualties. Historical accounts of these events overwhelmingly favor the victorious Union standpoint, characterizing the Southern fighters as wanton, unprincipled savages. But in fact, as the author, himself a descendant of Union soldiers, discovered, the bushwhackersi violent reactions were understandable, given the reign of terror they endured as a result of Lincolnis total war in the West. In reexamining many of the long-held historical assumptions about this period, Gilmore discusses President Lincolnis utmost desire to keep Missouri in the Union by any and all means. As early as 1858, Kansan and Union troops carried out unbridled confiscation or destruction of Missouri private property, until the state became known as "the burnt region." These outrages escalated to include martial law throughout Missouri and finally the infamous General Orders Number 11 of September 1863 in which Union general Thomas Ewing, federal commander of the region, ordered the deportation of the entire population of the border counties. It is no wonder that, faced with the loss of their farms and their livelihoods, Missourians struck back with equal force.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Guerriffas identity Extermination and Trauma
Heffin Their Neck The Guerriffa Response1
Retribution Generaf Orders No 11 andQuantriffs Rejffy
End Game Prices Raid and the Death of the Guerriffa Chiefs
Select Bibliography Newspapers
abolitionist Anderson Anthony armed arrived Atchison attack August battle became Blair Border Wars brigade camp Capt captured Castel Cavalry Civil Colonel command Confederate Connelley Creek David Rice Atchison Democratic election enemy Ewing farm Federal fight fire force Fort Scott Free Staters George governor Gregg guard Harrisonville historian Historical Society horses Ibid Jackson James Jayhawkers Jennison John Brown Kansas City Kansas Conflict Kansas State Historical Kansas Territory killed Lane Lane's later Lawrence leader Leavenworth Lieutenant Lincoln Linn County Louis Lyon Meanwhile miles military militia Missouri guerrillas Missouri Historical Review Missouri State Guard Missourians Montgomery murder partisans party political Pomeroy Price Price's Raid prisoners proslavery Quantrill's raid Rebellion Red Legs regiment reported River Robinson rode sent settlers shot slavery slaves South Southern Todd told Topeka town troops U.S. Army underground railroad United Vernon County violent wagons Walker western Missouri William Clarke Quantrill wounded