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"A Damned Tight Place": General Jeff Thompson Confronts the Federals at Fredericktown, Missouri
Article describes and analyzes the Battle of Fredericktown, fought October 21, 1861. While a relatively small battle, "devoid of long-term strategic importance," it was the only significant battle in southeastern...
"Far More than a Romantic Adventure": The American Civil War in Harry Truman's History and Memory
Article describes President Truman's profound interest in and knowledge of the Civil War and the importance he attached to it. Truman's antecedents had strong roots in slave states and in Platte and Jackson...
"I Was a Prinsoner of War"
Reprint of a portion of Samuel J. Reader's autobiography. A free-state partisan, Reader witnessed and participated in the Bleeding Kansas conflict and later served in the Second Kansas State Militia during...
"Out of the Ashes"
Article on the aftermath of Quantrill's Raid on the town of Lawrence, Kansas and its residents. Following the August 21, 1863 attack in which almost 200 men and boys were killed, surviors of the raid struggled...
"Sound on the Goose," A Search for the Answer to an Age Old "Question"
An article about the significance and meaning behind the slang phrase "sound on the goose." Redd and Etcheson's research reveals that the phrase was code for support and "commitment to the proslavery cause...
' I Plant Myself...Down on My Unquestionable Rights': Elijah Lovejoy's Fatal Stand for Freedom
October 1, 2006
Article tells the story of Elijah Lovejoy, St. Louis abolitionist. His impassioned denunciations of slavery in his newspaper, The Observer, incurred the wrath of pro-slavery elements. Lovejoy moved his...
''A Stirring Effect on the Enemy'': Civil War Archaeology of Sharp's Cornfield at the 1861 Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri
December 1, 2005
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is located near Republic, Missouri, in the southwest part of Missouri around 15 miles from Springfield. "The battle was commemorated when Congress passed a joint resolution...
''Better off in Hell'': The Evolution of the Kansas Red Legs
May 1, 2002
Comprehensive article covering the various border warfare groups along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. Includes names as Jim Lane, Charles Jennison, William S. Tough, John L. "Jack" Bridges,...
''I Predicted the Horrors of a Fratricidal War''
Brigadier General Daniel M. Frost graduated from West Point but during the Civil War he fought on the Confederate side. Article contains information on him primarily during his Missouri Civil War involvement....
''Labouring For the Freedom of This Territory'': Free-State Kansas Women in the 1850s
Article about the hardships of Kansas women in the border warfare era of the 1850s, with few rights and fighting on the side of anti-slavery.
''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
July 1, 1984
Willard Hall Mendenhall began his diary on January 1, 1862 and maintained it into 1864 writing over 780 entries in four diaries. He lived a short distance from Lexington, Missouri in Layafette County....
''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...
''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.
''They Faltered Not''
February 1, 2005
Short history of the First Kansas Colored Volunteers during the Civil War and specifically Missouri's Battle of Island Mound which was the first battle for any black regiment. Republican Kansas Senator...
''This Regiment Will Make a Mark'': Letters From a Member of Jennison's Jayhawkers, 1861-1862
Photos, illustration, and article about "the men of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and their commander Colonel Charles Rainsford Jennison," or Charles Jennison, called collectively Jennison's Jayhawkers in...
''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...
''Within the Limits of the Southern Confederacy'': The C.S.A.'s Interest in the Quapaw, Osage, and Cherokee Tribal Lands of Kansas
Article explores the Confederacy's interest in securing Indian tribal support as well as tribal land in southern Kansas. "In all, the Confederacy signed treaties with three tribes holding lands in southern...
'A Mighty Mean-Fowt Fight': The Battle of Wilson's Creek
December 1, 2005
The Battle of Wilson's Creek was an early fought Civil War battle staged in the border state of Missouri in 1861. Article sets the scene in the state prior to the battle and states that this battle helped...
'Bleeding Kansas' Recalled
April 1, 2004
To help people remember and learn about the era known as Bleeding Kansas," lawmakers in Washington have proposed creating a national heritage area involving two dozen Kansas counties." The legislation,...
'Old Clay Is Some Punkins' (A History of Clay County)
Short description of Washington Dale, referred to as the oldest Missourian at 109 years old, living in Clay County in 1821 and in Kansas City during the Civil War emancipation.
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