Black Flag: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865

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Indiana University Press, 1995 - History - 172 pages
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From 1861 to 1865, the region along the Missouri-Kansas border was the scene of unbelievable death and destruction. Thousands died, millions of dollars in 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.

Drawing from a wide array of contemporary documents -- including diaries, letters, and firsthand newspaper accounts -- Thomas Goodrich presents a hair-raising report of life in this merciless guerrilla war. Filled with dramatic detail, Black Flag reveals war at its very worst, told in the words of the participants themselves. Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, soldiers and civilians, scouts, spies, runaway slaves, the generals and the guerrillas -- all step forward to tell of their terrifying ordeals.

From the shocking, sensational massacres at Lawrence, Baxter Springs, and Centralia to the silent terror of a woman at home alone in the "burnt district", Black Flag is a horrifying day-by-day account of life, death, and war, told with unforgettable immediacy.

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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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About the author (1995)

Veteran Civil War author Thomas Goodrich and his wife, Debra, a freelance journalist, divide their time between their native states of Kansas and Virginia, and speak throughout the country while researching new projects.

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