Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rebels with a cause?

During the times of the Civil War, and for some years afterward the official end of the war, Missouri was not a safe place to be. So divided in its loyalties, and with so much undeveloped land, it was a great place to be a bushwhacker. A bushwhacker could be someone for the north or the south who would hide in the bushes and attack (whack) unsuspecting persons. They fought the war but not within the regular army. In 1875, Dr. J.M. Allen of Liberty, MO attempted to create a list of people in MO who had fought for the Confederacy in the First Missouri Brigade. He came up with a list of over 500 and said they were “branded as rebels”. Other lists have been compiled through the years of bushwhackers, southern sympathizers who were ordinary citizens, Confederates, Partisan Rangers, and members of Governor Jackson’s volunteers who were known as the Missouri State Guards, or others not allowed to vote after the war. All of these lists, along with additional sources such as diaries, letters, and military reports, have been used to create a source titled Branded as Rebels by Joanne Chiles Eakin and Donald R. Hale (copyright 1993). The people are listed alphabetically and some photographs are included. The famous (Tucker Hill) and the obscure (Pvt. John William Kite) are included. Come see what you can find out about your ancestor who spent time in MO. The book can be found at R Gen 929.3 EAK.

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