Black Flag: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865
"[A] thorough and comprehensive study of this tragic, almost forgotten episode of American history." —History
"What Sherman did in Georgia and Sheridan in the Valley pales in comparison. This study truly shows the horrible cost inherent in any civil war." —Civil War Courier
"[A] well written and compelling account of an aspect of the Civil War which has not received sufficient attention." —Southern Historian
"Compelling..." —Publishers Weekly
"[A] fast-paced.. .absorbing discourse... Black Flag is a highly recommended book that transports the reader to the towns and dusty highways of Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War." —Kansas History
From 1861 to 1865, the region along the Missouri-Kansas border was the scene of unbelievable death and destruction. Thousands died, millions of dollars of property was lost, entire populations were violently uprooted. It was here also that some of the greatest atrocities in American history occurred. Yet in the great national tragedy of the Civil War, this savage warfare has seemed a minor episode.
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No place in America seemed a more suitable site to get that revenge than
Lawrence, Kansas. Not only was the settlement an old free-state stronghold of
territorial times, but the beautiful, prosperous town of three thousand was home to
Sen. James Lane. Lawrence was also headquarters to the deadly Red Legs as
well as one of the great havens for runaway slaves. Thus, when Quantrill
addressed the assembled guerrilla leaders of western Missouri shortly after the
prison disaster, ...
"The lot was cast into the lap, the disposed thereof was of the Lord," and while we
watched the event with heart-rending anxiety, it turned up victory for the Union.
Thus the beginning of the end unmistakably appears. . . . Hope begins to smile
again over the land. Since a majority of those in Lawrence felt the war was
winding down, it was with a sense of relief that the taxing military exercises were
discontinued and the nightly patrols into the surrounding countryside disbanded.
In the late ...
Henry Palmer, describes one night visit made by Kansas soldiers to the home of
an aged man named Lawrence, "on the very day of the death by disease of Mrs.
Lawrence": Mr. Lawrence was ordered to produce his money and silver plate, to
which he answered that his money and silver were in a bank in Canada. [The
troops] dragged old man Lawrence into the orchard in front of his home and three
times hung him to a tree, to force him to produce the money and valuables
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The Civil War on the Kansas-Missouri border was initially fought by Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, guerrillas from Missouri and Kansas, respectively. Union troops mostly displaced the Jayhawkers by 1862 ... Read full review
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