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Interesting. I am curious about the Bushwhackers' activities. In another post I made about “Bullet Hole” Ellis, I linked to a story where it had this to say:
This harrowing experience happened while Ellis was serving in the Union Army. He was serving as quartermaster in Lane's Brigade at the time.March 7, 1862, in the line of duty, he was making a trip from Fort Scott to Fort Leavenworth. He stopped over night at Arbrey, a small town three miles south of the Missouri state line. At day break, the landloard roused all in the house with the cry, "The bushwhackers are coming."
So I'm guessing that if the Bushwhackers were oppressed, they fought back quite a bit as well.DonaldBakerParticipant
I wonder if General Frederick Steele had any part in this? Did Sterling Sharpe ever pass through Waynesville?scout1067Participant
The bloody situation in Missouri is the backgrouond to the excellent Clint Eastwood film “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. Many people are unaware of events in the west during the Civil War because they are overshadowed by the massive battles in Virginia and the East. The Civil War is in general a fascinating period of American history.NotchParticipant
Interesting. I am curious about the Bushwhackers' activities.
If you can get lucky abnd obtain a copy, there is a book out by George Clinton Arthur called "Bushwacker" which relates the story of Bill Wilson of Phelps Co. Missouri (I have a copy that was given to me by a distant relative of Mr. Arthur).
I wonder if General Frederick Steele had any part in this? Did Sterling Sharpe ever pass through Waynesville?
The Wire Road was the main supply route from St Louis to Springfield MO and it was the main reason that the Union army built the fort in Waynesville. The city lays along the Roubideaux Creek and is surrounded by foothills. The Wire Road went right through the area and the hills made a perfect place for the Union soldiers to not only monitor the supply route, but to also keep the local, pro-Confederate population in check.I doubt that Steele had any part in the events in Waynesville as he was a major in the 11th US INF and the 13th Missouri Militia was the ones taking action. I doubt that this was an action requiring anything more than the militia and Nathaniel Lyon's regular army was more pressed with trying to capture Claib Jackson and Sterling Price. That being said the only time he probably passed through Waynesville was on the Union retreat after Wilson's Creek back to Rolla.NotchParticipant
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