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Donald L Gilmore
''Shot All To Pieces'': The Battle of Lone Jack, Missouri, August 16, 1862
January 1, 2004
An extensive article that recounts the Civil War Battle of Lonejack and includes photographs and maps as well as footnotes. Also includes an inset on Cole Younger and on the death of Captain Long.
''Whipped and Routed'' Blunt Strikes Marmaduke At Cane Hill
October 1, 2004
This article details information concerning the encounters between the Union Army and the Confederates in the area of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri and in particular the Battle of Cane Hill which...
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...
A Young Girl in the Missouri Border War
Article reprints a series of letters written by teen-ager Laura Brown in Missouri mostly during the Civil War time period. The first letter is dated July 28, 1859, and the last November 29, 1864. Includes...
Blunt's Raid: The Army of the Frontier Seizes Van Buren, Arkansas
September 1, 2005
Brigadier General James G. Blunt was "a hard-driving and hard-drinking amateur soldier from Kansas" who found himself in the position in December, 1862, to take Van Buren, Arkansas, a port on the north...
Lawrence, Kansas: Symbol of Abolition, Target of Border Ruffians
Lawrence, Kansas, according to the author of this article, "is probably the only city in the nation besides Washington, D.C., that was founded for purely political purposes." The city's involvement with...
McLain's Battery and Price's 1864 Invasion: A Letter from Lt. Caleb S. Burdsal, Jr.
The article starts out, "The following letter, written by Lt. Caleb S. Burdsal, Jr., of McLain's Independence Colorado Battery to his father in Denver, Colorado, sheds new light on the military service...
Sneak Attack At Lone Jack
April 1, 1996
Story of how guerrillas surrounded enemy cavalrymen in the small Missouri town of Lone Jack in August of 1862. Includes maps and photographs as illustrations.
The Battle of Prairie Grove
Extensive article with photographs and color maps concerning the Battle of Prairie Grove which occurred in northwestern Arkansas on December 7, 1862, as well as other encounters in the general vacinity....
The Burning of Doniphan
November 1, 2003
Article details some of the Civil War involvement in the state of Missouri including the burning of Doniphan, Ripley County, September 19, 1864. Some of the participants had ties to Abraham Lincoln. Included...
The Guerrilla War, 1861-1865
This whole issue is devoted to the guerrilla aspect of the Civil War and includes actions and prominent figures from Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, etc. Includes local guerrilla...
The James Tracy Collection of Photographs of St. Joseph Pioneers of Civil War Days
Reproductions of 32 photos taken before 1870 with biographical sketches of their subjects, mostly Civil War veterans and state government officials and some members of the Robidoux family.
Total War on the Missouri Border
Explanation of the guerrilla border warfare that took place in Missouri and Kansas both before and during the Civil War. Author explains the situation in these states that precipitated the unique conflict...
Welcoming "Pa" on the Kaw: Kansas's "Colored" Militia and the 1864 Price Raid
Article gives a history of the African American militia units in Kansas raised during the Civil War. It details those "colored" units that fought in the Battle of Westport and the battles in this area...
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