Over one thousand Civil War engagements were fought in Missouri, and the conflict could not be quarantined from civilian life. In the countryside, the wives and mothers of absent soldiers had to cope with marauders from both sides. Children saw their fathers and brothers beaten, hanged or shot. In the cities, a cheer for Jeff Davis could land a young boy in jail, and a letter to a sweetheart in the Confederate army could get a girl banished from the state. Women volunteered to care for the flood of wounded and sick soldiers. Slavery crumbled and created new opportunities for black men to serve in the Union army but left their families vulnerable to retaliation at home. The turbulence and bitterness of guerrilla war was everywhere.
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. He practiced law in St. Louis for more than thirty-seven years. Mr. Erwin is married to Vicki Berger Erwin. They live in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Table of Contents
1 A Border State on the Cusp of the War 13
2 The Problem of Slavery in a Loyal Border State 24
3 Dispensing and Dispensing with Justice in a Guerrilla War 29
4 Missouri as Military Base 40
5 Living with Soldiers and Guerrillas: Rural Missouri in 1862 51
6 Religion and Religious Freedom in the Midst of Guerrilla War 64
7 Female Couriers, Female Soldiers and Children Fight the War 71
8 War Weariness Sets In: Rural Missouri in 1863-64 81
9 Medical Care and the Western Sanitary Commission 91
10 Confrontation, Emancipation and the Ironclad Oath 101
About the Author 125