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A Southern Family on the Missouri Frontier: Letters from Independence, 1843-1855
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TitleA Southern Family on the Missouri Frontier: Letters from Independence, 1843-1855
AbstractExtensive article that collects excerpts from the letters of Samuel Ralston (1809-1899), an Irish immigrant to North Carolina moving to western Missouri. It gives information on various subjects in the border warfare period of the Kansas City area, including the western trails, as well as Ralston's later life and father-in-law relationship to the notorious Frank James.
NotesPage 216: "The letters published here from Ralston and members of his family give information on settlement of the western border; fares and travel time between Independence and eastern seaboard cities; difficulties of financing new crops on an expanding Missouri farm; slave discipline; trade and migration from Independence to Santa Fe, Chihuahua, and Oregon; a Methodist Indian mission; family problems in which a daughter 'disposed to be giddy' had to be 'strictly guarded'; the formation and operation of border Blue Lodges; and the struggle to make Bleeding Kansas a slave state."
AuthorW. Darrell Overdyke
SourceJournal of Southern History
LocationSC 73: Collection of Magazine Article Photocopies
Local SubjectBorder Warfare
Independence, Missouri
Ralston, Samuel R.
Santa Fe Trail
Item TypeMagazine Article
Access This ItemThis document is not available online. You may come to the Missouri Valley Room to view it or request a photocopy from the Library's Document Delivery service. https://www.kclibrary.org/services/copy-requests
Item ID107962
CONTENTdm number15040
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