The Homefront in Civil War MissourieBook - 2014
Over one thousandCivil War engagements were fought in Missouri, and the conflict could not bequarantined from civilian life. In the countryside, the wives and mothers ofabsent soldiers had to cope with marauders from both sides. Children saw theirfathers and brothers beaten, hanged or shot. In thecities, a cheer for Jeff Davis could land a young boy in jail, and a letter toa sweetheart in the Confederate army could get a girl banished from the state.Women volunteered to care for the flood of wounded and sick soldiers. Slaverycrumbled and created new opportunities for black men to serve in the Union armybut left their families vulnerable to retaliation at home. The turbulence andbitterness of guerrilla war was everywhere.
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