"...Gilmore's book focuses on depredations committed by Jayhawkers...as well as raids by Missourians into Kansas." -- Topeka Capital-Journal
"...none has dissected and disproved the whole dogma, item by item, beginning to end, quite as Gilmore has done." -- Nevada (MO) Daily Mail
"Donald Gilmore's 'Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border' bravely and patiently marshals its evidence ..." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Gilmores new book is a bombshell!" -- Armchair General Magazine, Dr. Jerry Morelock, Ph.D.
From the Inside Flap
"Gilmore's new book is a bombshell! It turns the 'standard textbook' Civil War history of the bloody Missouri-Kansas border war right on its head--and about time, too!" --Armchair General "A captivating account of western life during the violent years prior to and during the Civil War. A thorough, well-researched study of the realities of life during a particularly volatile time." --Military Review "Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border is a riveting glimpse into the calculated ruthlessness of both sides in a vicious, prolonged conflict." --The Midwest Book Review In reexamining many of the long-held historical assumptions about this period, Donald L. Gilmore discusses President Lincoln's utmost desire to keep Missouri in the Union by any and all means. As early as 1858, Kansan and Union troops carried out unbridled confiscation or destruction of Missouri private property, until the state became known as "the burnt region." These outrages escalated to include martial law throughout Missouri and finally the infamous General Orders Number 11 of September 1863 in which Union general Thomas Ewing, Federal commander of the region, ordered the deportation of the entire population of the border counties. It is no wonder that, faced with the loss of their farms and their livelihoods, Missourians struck back with equal force. Jayhawkers and bushwhackers were equally ruthless in this hard-fought "war without quarter." Mr. Gilmore sets the record straight by spotlighting the depredations and atrocities performed by Kansas senator and Union major general James Lane and his men, which are often ignored or underreported in most historical accounts. He also questions the accepted characterization of all bushwhackers as bloodthirsty demons. For example, David Rice Atchison, leader of the so-called Border Ruffians, was in fact a cultured man, a respected Missouri senator, and president pro tem of the United States Senate. Even William Clarke Quantrill, best known for leading the massacre of August 21, 1863, in which 450 Confederate guerrillas descended on Lawrence, Kansas, an abolitionist stronghold, and slaughtered 150 citizens, was not the devil, as he is usually depicted. He was a typical guerrilla chieftain whose violent actions are understandable in their correct context, given the U.S. Army's policy of exterminating his men on sight without trial or capture.