Guerillas in Civil war Missouri

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Guerrilla war is perhaps the most brutal of wars. This was Missouri's war: a war of ceaseless retaliation, mutilated dead and few prisoners.

During the Civil War, Missouri was in constant turmoil from raids by heavily armed bands of marauders loosely affiliated with the Confederate army. Federal troops fought more than one thousand battles in Missouri-mostly with guerrillas. But these numbers mask the level of violence because they do not include attacks on civilians. Ordinary ...

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Overview

Guerrilla war is perhaps the most brutal of wars. This was Missouri's war: a war of ceaseless retaliation, mutilated dead and few prisoners.

During the Civil War, Missouri was in constant turmoil from raids by heavily armed bands of marauders loosely affiliated with the Confederate army. Federal troops fought more than one thousand battles in Missouri-mostly with guerrillas. But these numbers mask the level of violence because they do not include attacks on civilians. Ordinary persons felt the dread of uncertainty when riders approached their homes. Were they Union soldiers or guerrillas in blue coats taken off soldiers they had ambushed? Sometimes it did not matter. Entire counties were given up to destruction because both sides were willing to turn to guns and torches if their demands for supplies and information were not met.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609493882
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 958,674
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Acknowledgements 7

1 The War Before the War

The Kansas-Nebraska Act 11

Bleeding Kansas: Jayhawkers and Border Ruffians 13

2 1861: The War Resumes

Early Moves 23

Jennison's Raid 28

3 1862: Guerrillas Fill the Void

The Lieber Code 31

Military Commissions: "Tribunals of Necessity" 37

Quantrill Emerges 38

Joseph C. Porter, Recruiting Behind the Lines and the Palmyra Massacre 42

4 Who Were the Guerrillas?

Politics, Revenge and Murder 53

William Quantrill 55

William "Bloody Bill" Anderson 56

George Todd 58

Dave Poole and Charles Fletcher Taylor 59

Cliff Holtzclaw 60

Samuel Hildebrand 60

Frank and Jesse James 61

Alvin Cobb 64

Henry Taylor 65

5 Attacked by Both Sides-Civil War Life in Rural Missouri

Civilians as Victims and Supporters 66

Slaves 73

6 1863-1864: The Destruction of Lawrence and Order No. 11

General Ewing's Problem 77

Lawrence 83

Order No. 11 87

Pursuit of Quantrill and the Baxter Springs Massacre 91

Aftermath 92

7 1864: The Centralia Massacre

"There Are Guerrillas There, Sure" 94

"When I Give the Word, Pour Hell into Them" 99

"Why, the Fools Are Going to Fight Us On Foot" 103

"The Inhuman Butcher of Centralia Sleeps His Last Sleep" 105

8 1865: The War Ends, but the Violence Continues 109

Bibliography 119

Index 123

About the Author 127

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