Jackson County History: Slavery, Border Wars, and Civil War
August 23, 2010
There is no way of discussing the Border Wars in a blog without gross oversimplification, so I am going to get out of the way and leave it to Ann Everett. On September 9th at 7 p.m., Ann Everett will be doing a multi-media presentation on Jackson County from 1850-1865 at the South Independence Branch.
Here are a couple of quotes along with a short list of titles on the subject:
Bloody Bill Anderson quoted in Edward Leslie’s The Devil Knows How to Ride
“Listen to me, fellow citizens…do not take arms[against us] if you value your lives and property. It is not in my power to save your lives if you do. If you proclaim to be in arms against the guerillas I will kill you. I will hunt you down like wolves and murder you. You cannot escape. It will not be Federals after you. Your arms will be no protection to you…I will kill you for being fools. Beware, men, before you make this fearful leap.”
Bloody Bill Anderson 1864
Thomas Goodrich discussing Order No. 11 in Black Flag
"Four days after the Lawrence massacre, border commander Thomas Ewing signed into law General Orders, No.11...Except for a handful of loyalists living in or near federally garrisoned towns, all persons still occupying the four Missouri border counties in his district, roughly twenty thousand people, were ordered off the land within fifteen days."
John Brown, Abolitionist: by David Reynolds
Bloody Dawn by Thomas Goodrich
Bloody Bill Anderson: the short savage life of a Civil war Guerilla by Albert Castel and Thomas Goodrich
The Devil Knows How To Ride by Edward Leslie
The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford