Guerrilla Hunters in Civil War Missouri

Guerrilla Hunters in Civil War Missouri

by James W. Erwin


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The guerrillas who terrorized Missouri during the Civil War were colorful men whose daring and vicious deeds brought them a celebrity never enjoyed by the Federal soldiers who hunted them. Many books have been written about William Quantrill, Bloody Bill" Anderson, George Todd, Tom Livingston and other noted guerrillas. You have probably not heard of George Wolz, Aaron Caton, John Durnell, Thomas Holston or Ludwick St. John. They served in Union cavalry regiments in Missouri, where neither side showed mercy to defeated foes. They are just five of the anonymous thousands who, in the end, defeated the guerrillas and have been forgotten with the passage of time. This is their story."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609497453
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Civil War
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,217,501
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

James W. Erwin is a Missouri native. He graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in mathematics. After service in the United States Army, he obtained an MA in history from the University of Missouri and a JD from the University of Missouri Law School. With his wife Vicki, Mr. Erwin lives in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Prologue 7

Chapter 1 "The Wolf by the Ears" 11

Chapter 2 "Lucifer...Moved Hell Itself" to Missouri 19

Chapter 3 "A Military Force for Suppressing the Rebellion" 31

Chapter 4 "Hard Service in the Way of Scouting" 41

Chapter 5 "Continuously in the Saddle, Day and Night" 47

Chapter 6 "Few Things Perplex Me More" 67

Chapter 7 "An Immediate and Pressing Necessity" 77

Chapter 8 "Such Inhuman Wretches Deserve No Mercy" 87

Chapter 9 "Contesting Every Inch of Ground" 107

Chapter 10 Mustering Out 121

Epilogue 127

Bibliography 129

Index 137

About the Author 143

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