Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War

Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War

by Michael Fellman

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Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War by Michael Fellman


During the Civil War, the state of Missouri witnessed the most widespread, prolonged, and destructive guerrilla fighting in American history. With its horrific combination of robbery, arson, torture, murder, and swift and bloody raids on farms and settlements, the conflict approached total war, engulfing the whole populace and challenging any notion of civility. Michael Fellman's Inside War captures the conflict from "inside," drawing on a wealth of first-hand evidence, including letters, diaries, military reports, court-martial transcripts, depositions, and newspaper accounts. He gives us a clear picture of the ideological, social, and economic forces that divided the people and launched the conflict. Along with depicting how both Confederate and Union officials used the guerrilla fighters and their tactics to their own advantage, Fellman describes how ordinary civilian men and women struggled to survive amidst the random terror perpetuated by both sides; what drove the combatants themselves to commit atrocities and vicious acts of vengeance; and how the legend of Jesse James arose from this brutal episode in the American Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195064711
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/19/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 719,226
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.31(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Fellman is Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is the author of three previous books on nineteenth-century American history.

Table of Contents

Preface v
Maps and Illustrations
xiii
Introduction xv
Before the War
3(20)
Political Economy
3(8)
Popular Ideology
11(12)
Terror and a Sense of Justice: Civilians in Guerrilla War
23(58)
Guerrilla Acts of Terror
23(6)
Union Acts of Terror
29(9)
A Sense of Justice
38(6)
Loyalty, Neutralism, and Survival Lies
44(8)
Collapse of the Sense of Security: Taking of Revenge
52(13)
The Death of the Peculiar Institution
65(8)
Flight
73(8)
Official Attitudes
81(51)
Official Union Policy
81(16)
Official Confederate Policy
97(15)
Union Policy in the Field
112(20)
Brother Killers: Guerrillas and Union Troops
132(61)
Guerrilla Self-Conceptions
132(16)
Union Troops' Conceptions of Self and Others
148(18)
The Blurring of Combatants
166(10)
Blood Sport
176(8)
Blood Revenge
184(9)
Women as Victims and Participants
193(38)
Participation
193(6)
Fighters and Women
199(15)
Family, Home, and Womanhood Undermined
214(17)
After the War
231(36)
Postwar Violence and Reconstruction
231(16)
The Legend of the Noble Guerrilla
247(16)
Conclusion
263(4)
Notes 267(42)
Archival Source List 309(6)
Index 315

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