Monks had been involved in so many blood-curdling controversies and adventures that he felt obliged to reminisce for those yet unborn. In reissuing this gripping account . . . the editors deserve gratitude and praise for their efforts and foresight.” Missouri Historical Review The book begins with a sentimental description of pioneering days of milk and honey in the 1840s and 1850s, but these saccharine remembrances are soon displaced by vignettes of violence . . . whiskey-fueled brawls . . . [and the] horrors of guerrilla warfare.” Journal of the West A riveting story and a valuable research tool.” Daniel Sutherland, Civil War in the West series editor William Monks’s compelling memoir of the Civil War and its aftermath in Missouri and Arkansas contains little about marching armies and set-piece battles, but it presents a fascinating account of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. Here is a glimpse of the real war in the Trans-Mississippi where arson and ambuscades were commonplace events and everyone had a score to settle.” William Shea, co-author of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West (North Carolina, 1992)
About the Author
John F. Bradbury is the senior manuscript specialist at the Rolla branch of the University of Missouri Western Historical Manuscript Collection. He is the author, editor, and compiler of many articles on the Civil War in the Ozarks.
Lou Wehmer is the chairman of the South Central Missouri/North Central Arkansas Civil War Roundtable.