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The Civil War in Missouri


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Title: The Civil War in Missouri

The Civil War in Missouri
  • Conventional and Unconventional War
  • Prof. William Piston
  • Department of History
  • Missouri State University

Why was Missouri important?
  • Population
  • Resources
  • Communications

How was the war in Missouri fought?
  • Conventional warfare
  • Battles raids
  • Unconventional warfare
  • Guerrillas and anti-guerrilla forces

Conventional War, 1861-62
  • Campaigns and battles resembled those elsewhere
  • Were fought to control communications and
    resources in Mo. Ark.
  • Examples
  • Carthage, July 25, 1861
  • Wilsons Creek, Aug. 10, 1861
  • Lexington, Sept. 20, 1861

What did the conventional war accomplish,
  • The Confederates lost control of Missouri by the
    spring of 1862
  • The Union used Missouri as a base for operations
  • Against Ky. Tenn.
  • Against Ark.
  • To open the Mississippi River

The Conventional War, 1863-1865
  • The Confederacy attempted to weaken Union control
    of Missouri through a series of raids
  • Examples
  • Marmadukes Raid, Jan. 1863
  • Shelbys Raid, Oct. 1863
  • Prices Raid, Sept.-Dec. 1864

What did the conventional war accomplish,
  • The Confederate raids produced several battles
  • Examples
  • Springfield, Jan. 8, 1863
  • Pilot Knob, Sept. 27-28, 1863
  • Westport, Oct. 23, 1864
  • But Union control of Missouri remained unshaken

Unconventional War
  • Guerrilla war in Missouri, 1861-1865
  • Spanish, meaning little war
  • Was fought at the same time as conventional war
  • Pitted Confederate guerrillas against Union
    anti-guerrilla forces
  • Caused far more damage and suffering to the state
    and its people than conventional warfare

Who were the guerrillas?
  • The most notorious were psychopathic killers
  • Were not loyal to the Confederacy
  • Used the war as an excuse to rob and plunder

Blood Bill Anderson William C. Quantrill
Frank Jesse James
But who was the average guerrilla?
  • Males in their twenties
  • Family connection with slavery likely
  • Committed to defense of home
  • Unwilling to accept discipline of regular service
  • Often motivated by revenge

Who fought against the guerrillas?
  • Anti-guerrilla forces mostly Missourians
  • Volunteer units
  • The Missouri State Militia
  • The Enrolled Missouri Militia
  • But Kansans as well
  • Animosities carried over from before the war

Why did Missouri civilians suffer?
  • Civilians supporting the South assisted the
    guerrillas with food, shelter, and clothing
  • Without civilian support the guerrillas could not
    conduct war

Why did Missouri civilians suffer?
  • Guerrillas avoided large battles
  • Used hit and run tactics
  • Union soldiers could not catch them
  • So Union soldiers punished the guerrillas
    civilian supporters instead

Order No. 11
  • Issued by Union government on Aug. 23, 1863
  • 20,000 civilians in four Mo. Counties forced to
    leave their homes
  • Designed to deny civilian support to guerrillas
  • Most lost all property to marauding Kansans

Cycle of Violence
  • Abused civilian expected guerillas to avenge them
  • Guerrillas not strong enough to fight Union army
  • So guerrillas attacked Union civilians
  • Cycle of violence ensued

Overall impact of the Guerrilla War on Missouri
  • Over a dozen entire towns burned
  • Conditions in much of the state chaotic
  • Roads unsafe to travel
  • Bridges burned
  • Telegraph lines destroyed
  • Barns burned smokehouses looted livestock stolen

Example from Jackson County
  • In November 1862 Mrs. Margaret J. Hayes wrote her
  • Times here are very hard robbing, murdering,
    burning and ever other kind of measure on every
    side. Every man has to join the Federal army or
    hide out in the country and have his property
    taken away from him. And if they are not shot on
    the spot they are banished from this country.

Example from Springfield
  • In 1864 Charles Sheppard wrote to his brother
  • You are lucky to be awayI would advise you to
    stay away . . . Friday night old man Marlow, a
    Mr. Marlow and a brother of Jasper McDaniel were
    murdered at their homes by Union militiathe
    week before Jim Thompson was murdered between
    this place and his homeI dont know who is

Overall impact of the Guerrilla War on Missouri
  • Civilian suffering worse in Missouri than in any
    other state
  • Thousands died of war-related malnutrition or
  • Over 300,000 civilians became refugees

Excerpts from letters from a Union soldier in
Forsyth, Feb.-March 1863
  • A large number of families . . . have sought
    protection in our lines and as they are in a
    destitute condition . . . we furnish them with
  • Refugees continue flocking to us and dare not
    return to their homes.
  • We have here now some two dozen women and not
    less than a hundred childrenmore or lessvarying
    in age from two weeks to 15 years.

  • Missourians experienced both conventional and
    unconventional war
  • But unconventional war caused far more suffering
  • Only in Missouri was unconventional war the more
    prevalent form

Sources on guerrillas
  • Richard Brownlee, Gray Ghosts Guerrilla Warfare
    in the West, 1861-1865.
  • Albert Castel, William Clarke Quantrill His Life
    and Times.
  • Albert Castel and Thomas Goodrich, Blood Bill
    Anderson The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War
  • William Connelley, Quantrill and the Border Wars.
  • John N. Edwards, Noted Guerrillas.
  • Michael Fellman, Inside War The Guerrilla War in
    Missouri During the American Civil War.
  • Thomas Goodrich, Black Flag Guerrilla Warfare on
    the Western Border, 1861-1865.
  • Thomas Goodrich, Bloody Dawn The Story of the
    Lawrence Massacre.
  • Edward Leslie, The Devil Knows How to Ride The
    True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His
    Confederate Raiders.
  • Jay Monaghan, The Civil War on the Western
  • John McCorkle, Three Years with Quantrill.
  • Bruce Nichols, Guerrilla Warfare in Missouri,
  • Duane Schultz, Quantrills War The Life and
    Times of William Clarke Quantrill.
  • Larry Wood, The Civil War Story of Bloody Bill