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Order Number 11
Floyd C Shoemaker
David W Eaton
Theodore S Case
''Look Out For Hell Some Place Soon'' The 2nd Colorado Cavalry in Missouri, February-September, 1864
From February to September of 1864, the 2nd Colorado Cavalry was assigned to patrol Bates, Cass, and Jackson Counties, Missouri, areas ravaged by Order Number 11. This article examines the reasons for...
'Nature Scarcely ever Formed a More Beautiful Place . . . . '
Overview of the travels of Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition of 1806 through what is now the state of Kansas. The author writes that Pike and his men entered Kansas just north of present-day Fort...
A Border Blunder
Article describes the border warfare between pro-Union, abolitionist "Jayhawkers" from Kansas and Confederate "Bushwhackers" from Missouri during the Civil War. On August 25, 1863, four days after the...
A War On Civilians: Order Number 11 and the Evacuation of Western Missouri
Article details the history of the Civil War strife along the Missouri and Kansas border. Order Number 11 issued by the Union forces led nearly twenty thousand people to abandon their homes in the Missouri...
Bloody Bill, Noted Guerrilla of the Civil War
Mention of the steamboat "West Wind" in a description of Bloody Bill Anderson's robbery of it in Camden, Missouri.
Chapel Hill College--Best in the West
History of the log school house of Chapel Hill College, "on the boundary line between Jackson, Lafayette and Johnson Counties." Description of the college (started about 1841) and its founder and head...
Civil War at Sibley: Emily Steele's Letters Tell of Pillage and Northeast Jackson County Tragedies
Photo (of Emily Steele) and article with excerpted letters by Emily Steele (wife of Colonel Albert Gallatin Steele) about burning, pillaging, and depopulating of Sibley, Missouri, in northeast Jackson...
Coon Creek Crossings on the Santa Fe Trail
Article discusses the several Santa Fe Trail crossings of Coon Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River flowing through Ford, Edwards, and Pawnee Counties in Kansas. Coon Creek's proximity to Fort Larned...
County and Township: New Bi-State Agency Planned
Description of the creation of the "Mo-Kan Metropolitan Development District," comprising eight counties by the state legislatures.
October 1, 2003
Subtitled "The Thriving Communities of Clay and Platte Counties, 2003-2004 Edition". This section profiles communities in the Northland including Kansas City, North Kansas City, Liberty, Riverside, Parkville,...
A listing of elected officials for federal, state, and Kansas Cityi's 20 area counties divided between Missouri and Kansas. Given is the official, contact information, party and when term expires.
Farthest North: The Historian and the Battle of Athens
Article about the Battle of Athens, the Civil War battle pronounced in its role as one of "the northernmost" battles in the entire war and in setting "the seal of doom on the Confederate cause in northeastern...
First Newspapers in Kansas Counties
First in a series of articles about the "first" newspapers in Kansas counties, covering those in the Kansas City area including Leavenworth County, Kansas (the "Kansas Weekly Herald" in 1854), Atchison...
Fort Orleans of the Missoury [sic]
History of Fort Orleans, "earliest military post in the Missouri valley" operated by the French "from 1723 to 1728 on the north bank of the Missouri river, some two miles west of the Wakenda river in what...
Fort Orleans, the First French Post on the Missouri
Article about Fort Orleans, "the first French post on the Missouri" River, established in Carroll County, Missouri (two counties west of Kansas City) in 1723 by Etienne de Bourgmont and razed by 1728....
Freedom Documents from Cole County, Missouri
Article with excerpts from and descriptions of freedom documents of former slaves in Cole County, Missouri, with a brief history of slavery across the state back to 1719 (their arrival as lead mine workers)....
General John W. Reid--The Forgotten Hero
First of a two-part series of biographical articles about Colonel John Reid (1820-1881), with illustration and description of his early life and career as a native of Virginia moving "to Missouri in 1841,...
General Orders No. 11 and Border Warfare during the Civil War
Extensive article about the events surrounding Civil War Order Number 11 in Jackson County, Missouri and surrounding counties, with photos and illustrations.
Harry Truman's Missouri: It Is Country Rich in Border History
Several large photos and biographical article about President Harry Truman and his area of growing up in western Missouri. Description of the lingering Southern sympathies of residents of Jackson and surrounding...
Hiram Bowman--Citizen of Missouri
Biographical article about Hiram Bowman (1796-1877), "a prominent figure in Eastern Jackson and Western Lafayette counties of Missouri in both pre- and post-Civil War times." Native of New Jersey moving...
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