Civil War and Missouri
Annotation:Study of the life of General Lyon, his involvement at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, and his turbulent relationship with his commander, General John C. Fremont, which may have led to his demise and the Union disaster at Wilson's Creek
Annotation:The historical significance of Hildebrand's story is substantial, but his bloody tale is eminently readable and stands quite well on its own as a cold-blooded portrait of a violent time in American history.
Annotation:"The Battle of Carthage, Missouri, was the first full-scale land battle of the Civil War. Described are the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and the aftermath."
Annotation:After months of reverses, the Union army went on the offensive in the early spring of 1862. In southwestern Missouri, General Curtis had driven Sterling Price into the arms of General McCulloch's Confederate army in northwestern Arkansas. Two days of fighting in the Ozark Mountains at a place called Pea Ridge decided control of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri for the rest of the war.
Annotation:Trip planning is easy with this guide, which is packed with themed driving tours, kid-friendly sites, and tips from two experienced history travelers.
Annotation:Borderland Rebellion makes a trip back in time, to view, through the eyes of many of the people who lived it, the mounting controversy, the political struggle, the battles fought in the borderlands, and the terror of living in the middle of a battlefield to four years of the war.
Annotation:This book explores the struggles that Cass County and its citizens faced being caught between three raging fires: Secessionism, Unionism, and an undying Border War. For 11 years, Cass County endured the vortex of our nation’s most violent conflict.
Annotation:Where the Civil War Began describes the political atmosphere in the state leading up to war and the conflicting loyalties of its citizens. Highlighted are the key political and military players, military operations the war's effects on Missourians through the first year of the tortuous struggle to determine the state's allegiance.
Annotation:The first book-length examination of its kind, The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History challenges the prevailing opinion that Missouri battles made only minor contributions to the war. Gerteis specifically focuses not only on the principal conventional battles in the state but also on the effects these battles had on both sides' national aspirations.
Annotation:This book covers the civil war period in Missouri, includes numerous interesting illustrations and photographs with a particular focus on the defenses of Jefferson City. Also contains a very good bibliography on civil war resources for Missouri.
Annotation:Follow as events transpire across Missouri within those four long years. From raids and pursuit of the outlaws to the hunting down of Southern sympathizers and the Federal scouting parties across the state, this book has something for everyone. This book is deemed by many readers as a Missouri classic.
Annotation:In reexamining many of the long-held historical assumptions about this period, Gilmore discusses President Lincoln's utmost desire to keep Missouri in the Union by any and all means. As early as 1858, Kansan and Union troops carried out unbridled confiscation or destruction of Missouri private property, until the state became known as "the burnt region." These outrages escalated to include martial law throughout Missouri and finally the infamous General Orders Number 11 of September 1863 in which Union general Thomas Ewing, federal commander of the region, ordered the deportation of the entire population of the border counties.
Annotation:In writing Civil War in the Ozarks, the late Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell extensively researched the battles on the western front that took place between 1861 and 1865. They looked at the heroes, outlaws, and peacemakers who influenced the role the Ozarks played in the war between the states. -
Annotation:During the Civil War, Springfield was a frontier community of about 1,500 people, but it was the largest and most important place in southwest Missouri. The Northern and Southern. armies vied throughout the early part of the war to occupy its strategic position. Historian Larry Wood chronicles this epic story.
Annotation:The design of the book is such that it can be used as an on-site tour guide to Civil War St. Louis. Current directions, locations, and street names are given along with War era descriptions of the sites. Significant places are described--what existed then as well as what is on the site now. Also included are the burial locations of important people from both sides with biographical information about them.
Annotation:When the Civil War broke out, Missouri was secured for the Union, but many Southern-leaning citizens in the border state resented the Federal occupation. Fighting along the border flared up again as hundreds of boys and young men took to the bush to champion the Rebel cause. Waging a particularly vicious brand of guerilla warfare, they stayed to fight long after regular Confederate forces had been driven from the state. Although William "Bloody Bill" Anderson always warrants special mention in books about Confederate Civil War guerrilla William Quantrill, Anderson’s story has scarcely been told in its own right.
Annotation:This is the first modern biography of the most famous--and infamous--soldier, rogue, raider, and terrorist to emerge from the Civil War. It is based on memoirs, letters, diaries, and newspapers--all of which the author has skillfully converted in a biography that is almost sure to provoke controversy among Civil War historians and buffs alike. of photos.
Annotation: This highly original work explores a previously unknown financial conspiracy at the start of the American Civil War. The book explains the reasons for the puzzling intensity of Missouri's guerrilla conflict, and for the state's anomalous experience in Reconstruction. In the broader history of the war, the book reveals for the first time the nature of military mobilization in the antebellum United States.
Annotation:Containing a full narrative history plus helpful images and maps, this book explores the Battle of Westport often called the “Gettysburg of the West,” However this battle is not remembered as a major turning point in the war, but instead an indication of the war’s looming end.
Annotation:Federal troops fought more than one thousand battles in Missouri--mostly with guerrillas. But these numbers mask the level of violence because they do not include attacks on civilians. Entire counties were given up to destruction because both sides were willing to turn to guns and torches if their demands for supplies and information were not met.
Annotation:This is the tale of a town ripped apart by divided loyalties during the Civil War, a town devastated by the war, yet with a story completely unlike that of towns truly in the South. The author tells of a Border Town which was ravaged by both the North and the South.and introduces you to the very real people who lived in the town through this violent time, often quoting their own words from a letter or a diary
Annotation:Phil Gottschalk vividly documents the First Missouri Brigade's combat record second to none among any brigade North or South. The 540 pages of carefully researched history, fully footnoted and indexed, include 15 maps and 30 photographs. The hopes, fears, emotions of the Missourians, as well as those who fought at their side or against them is movingly revealed in their words from many diaries, letters, manuscripts, memoirs and official records. Testimony of 52 Federal soldiers, 64 Confederates from other states and 35 members of the Missouri Brigade provide a balanced and fair account.
Annotation:Dennis K. Boman reveals the difficulties that the president, military officials, and state authorities faced in trying to curb traitorous activity while upholding the spirit of the United States Constitution. Boman explains that despite Lincoln's desire to disentangle himself from Missouri policy matters, he was never able to do so.
Annotation:The documents collected in Missouri's War reveal what factors motivated Missourians to remain loyal to the Union or to fight for the Confederacy, how they coped with their internal divisions and conflicts, and how they experienced the end of slavery in the state. Private letters, diary entries, song lyrics, official Union and Confederate army reports, newspaper editorials, and sermons illuminate the war within and across Missouri's borders. Missouri's War also highlights the experience of free and enslaved African Americans before the war, as enlisted Union soldiers, and in their effort to gain rights after the end of the war
Annotation:In the fall of 1864, during the last brutal months of the Civil War, the Confederates made one final, desperate attempt to rampage through the Shenandoah Valley, Tennessee, and Missouri. In showing how both sides during Price's Raid used self-serving fictions to provide a rationale for their politically motivated brutality and were unwilling to risk defeat, Lause reveals the underlying nature of the American Civil War as a modern war.
Annotation:Clay Mountcastle presents a new look at the complex nature of guerrilla warfare in the Civil War and the Union Armys calculated response to it. He examines guerrilla attacks and federal responses in a number of operational theaters to illustrate how the problem grew throughout the South and ultimately convinced the Union to adopt retaliatory measures that challenged the sensibilities of even the most hardened soldiers. In revealing the impact that Confederate guerrilla activity had on the Unions prosecution of the war, Mountcastle reveals how the character of the war was shaped every bit as much by the troops on the ground as by their Union leader.
Annotation:The story of the leader of the most savage fighting unit in the Civil War. Quantrill, outside of the heads of government, was the most widely known man connected with the Civil War. This is not designed to be a biography of Quantrill, but an account of those incidents of the Border Wars in which he and his men were leading characters.
Annotation:This books offers a rare insight into the history of the Civil War in the western theatre through the eyes of a regimental surgeon. Notable among the letters is his record of the early Civil War in Missouri, the Vicksburg Campaign, the Battle of Tupelo and the Battle of Nashville.
Annotation:Buried for years in family files, this important firsthand Civil War account of Franklin Dick's experiences as Missouri assistant adjunct general and provost marshal general gives a new view of politics, power, and divided loyalties in the state of Missouri.
Annotation:Wilson’s Creek provides in-depth narrative and analysis of the battle with an innovative social analysis of the soldiers who participated and the communities that supported them. In particular, they highlight the importance of the soldiers' sense of corporate honor-the desire to uphold the reputation of their hometowns-as a powerful motivator for enlistment, a source of sustenance during the campaign, and a lens through which soldiers evaluated their performance in battle
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Resources from the Daniel Boone Regional Library related to the Civil War: the people involved, the battles and its effect on Missouri and the nation as a whole.