Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West 1861-1865.
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Brownlee, Richard S. Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West 1861-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986.
When the Civil War started many people of this nation were not expecting the chaos, destruction, and they certainly did not expect the war to last so long. The history of the guerrilla warfare began shortly before the start of the Civil War and lasted a few years after the war. The guerrillas dominated Missouri to such an extent that the Union army had to station thousand's of troops in the state to try to control the turmoil that these guerillas caused. As Richard Brownlee states on page 5 "The history of the western Confederate guerillas began in the state of Missouri several years…show more content…
Cloaked with the authority of the Union army, and dressed in blue uniforms as rapidly as they could obtain them, theses men created chaos and hatred that existed for years. (42)
I understand why most Missourians feared and hated the Jayhawkers and Union soldiers. I would have found it very hard to remain loyal to the Union if I was treated the same way.
The theme of loyalty leads to the main thesis of this book; the way the Missourians were treated; which was very badly by everyone. The guerillas thought they were defending their state; but I believe that they caused more harm then good. When they would kill a man the guerillas would also burn his house, and place of business but they would not harm his wife. They did not think or care about what would happen to that woman in the future. Now not only does she not have a husband to provide for her, they also destroyed her place of residence; which leaves her homeless and without any means of support.
When the Union troops such as the Kansans Brigade would come into Missouri, they would destroy towns and kill helpless people for no reason. Many towns were destroyed such as the town of Osceola. "A million dollars' worth of property had been stolen or destroyed, and Osceola one of the largest towns in Western Missouri, had ceased to exist." (39) An incident like this is the reason guerilla groups such as Quantrill's would revolt against the union Soldiers like