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Bill R Lee
Bruce R Kahler
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 Forgotten Battle In a Region Ignored...Pea Ridge, or Elkhorn Tavern Arkansas--March 7-8, 1862: The Campaign, the Battle, and the Men Who Fought for the Fate of Missouri
Article describes a battle that the author feels has largely been ignored in Civil War literature. Although the battle of Pea Ridge took place in Arkansas, it was decisive in determining which way Missouri...
A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
This book "is the first work to treat guerrilla warfare as critical to understanding the course and outcome of the Civil War." The author "argues that guerrilla warfare took a large toll on the Confederate...
Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865, Plate LXVI
Composite of 11 small maps of Civil War battles, campaigns, and important locations. Campaign Against Sterling Price, 1864; Osage or Mine Creek, Kansas; Johnson's Island, Ohio Military Prison; Five Forks,...
Battles and Biographies of Missourians or the Civil War Period of Our State
Photo and chapter of the book about Colonel Hiram Miller Bledsoe, or Hiram Bledsoe (1827-1899), a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars and "the hero and ideal of Missourians."
Campaign Against Sterling Price, Westport & Big Blue, Battleground of Westport, Battleground of Newtonia
Includes four maps of Missouri Civil War battles, including the 1864 campaign against Sterling Price, the Battleground of Newtonia, MO, Battleground of Westport, and Westport and Big Blue. Maps depict...
Choosing Sides: American Indians Square off in Southwest Missouri
A look at Indian involvement in Civil War battles in Missouri which "holds the distinction of having been the stage for the only conflict of the war, the First Battle of Newtonia, in which American Indian...
Civil War Artifacts from the Battle of Pilot Knob, Iron County, Missouri
Artifacts found in the 1960s at the site of the 1864 Battle of Pilot Knob have been donated to the Fort Davidson Historic Site Museum. The article provides the background for the battle and the six-sided...
Civil War in Missouri
This chapter discusses the subject of the Civil War as it was experienced in the state of Missouri. It includes information on: the Camp Jackson affair, preparation for war, Missouri State Militia, Wilson's...
Digging The Scorched Earth
Archaeologist Ann Raab, a PhD student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, has excavated two major sites in Bates County to verify the effects of General Order No. 11 on residents of Bates County,...
Douglas County, Kansas Territory, in the Era of Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1860
Map of Douglas County, Kansas, depicting the sites of deaths, skirmishes, rescues, and battle encampments in the years preceding the Civil War.
Flamboyant & Fabled
Short article about Confederate Civil War General Joseph Orville Shelby.
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Material about the national heritage area encompassing 41 counties along the Kansas-Missouri border. The area was established in anticipation of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War to promote education...
Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, 1862
The author states in the preface of Volume I: "I concentrate on all southern partisan leaders I could identify and many of the Rebel recruiters, and I detail their methods, tactics, and incentives to present...
History of Howard and Cooper Counties, Missouri
Consecutive biographical entries for brothers Captain John Bagby, a lawyer, and Dr. R. J. Bagby, a physician and druggist. Description of Captain Bagby's military career in the Mexican and Civil Wars and...
James H. Lane and the Origins of the Kansas Jayhawk
Article concerns the history of the jayhawk as Kansas' mascot starting in the mid-nineteenth century during the Civil War and the Bleeding Kansas era. According to the author, without Lane, "the legendary...
John A. Martin, Soldier State Visionary
Article about John A. Martin, Kansas' tenth governor and founder of the Kansas Republican Party and Kansas State Historical Society. The essay focuses on the idea of Kansas as a soldier state, with many...
Memories of Boyhood: Senator Elkins Pays a Visit to His Old Home in Westport
May 5, 1895
Article about the witnessing by a youthful Senator Stephen Elkins of General Ewing signing Order Number 11 "at the brick residence then owned by Duke Simpson" in Westport.
Missouri! One Last Time
Article provides a detailed account of of the 1864 attempt by forces under the command of General Sterling Price to retake Missouri for the Confederacy. It includes photographs of military leaders and...
Missouri's Fight Over Emancipation in 1863
Article about the fight between the "gradual" and "immediate" emancipation of slavery in Missouri in 1863 after the change in sentiment on the subject since 1861 (when it was more pro-slavery). Included...
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