Yankees & Rebels on the Upper Missouri
Steamboats, Gold and PeaceBook - 2016
During the 1860s, the Missouri River served as a natural highway, through snags and rapids, from St. Louis to Fort Benton for steamboats bringing Yankees and Rebels and their families to the remote Montana territory. The migration transformed the Upper Missouri region from the isolation of the fur trade era to the raucous gold rush days that would keep the region in turmoil for decades. The influx of newcomers involved its share of dramatic episodes, including the explosion of the Chippewa triggered by a drunken crew member, the mystery of the fugitive James-Younger gang and Colonel Everton Congers journey from capturing John Wilkes Booth to the Montana Supreme Court. Acclaimed historian Ken Robison reveals the thrilling history behind this war-weary wave of migration seeking opportunity on Montanas wild and scenic frontier.
Publisher: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2016.
Branch Call Number: 978.6 R569
Characteristics: 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Yankees and Rebels on the Upper Missouri