The late Phillip W. Steele and Steve Cottrell provide new insight into the clashes that occurred in the Ozarks.
Explanations of the political and cultural conditions create a backdrop for the drama that unfolded as a result. An updated map is also included. The battles taking place between 1861 and 1865 were extensively researched with meticulous detail, they chronicle the heroes, outlaws, and peacemakers who were at the center of this hot-blooded battleground.Skirmishes between the abolitionist Kansas Jayhawkers and slaveholders in Arkansas and Missouri began years before the firing upon Fort Sumter, making the Ozarks a volatile and dangerous region during the Civil War. Although many citizens of Missouri wished to remain neutral, they reluctantly found themselves caught in the crossfire of raids between the two groups. Relocated Indian tribes of present-day Oklahoma also fell pretty to the vicious fighting. As the war crept westward, more groups were drawn into the conflict, making the Ozarks on of the bloodiest regions of the battle between the Blue and Gray.
Written by Steve Cottrell Cover art by Andy Thomas: The Battle of Carthage; Civil War Museum, Carthage, Missouri