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Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri

Author: James W Erwin
Publisher: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W Erwin
ISBN: 9781609493882 1609493885
OCLC Number: 768417955
Description: 126 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The war before the war --
1861 : the war resumes --
1862 : guerrillas fill the void --
Who were the guerrillas? --
Attacked by both sides : Civil War life in rural Missouri --
1863-1864 : the destruction of Lawrence and order no. 11 --
1864 : the Centralia Massacre --
1865 : the war ends, but the violence continues.
Responsibility: James W. Erwin.
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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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