Matt’s Book Blog reviewed Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War by Michael Fellman for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
No one side can escape blame for the terror Union soldiers and Confederate guerillas put ordinary people through for the duration for the war and a little time after. Civilians in Missouri were ground between two great millstones: collaborate with the Federals or provide aid to the irregulars. Both sides used intimidation and violence to force people to take sides. When armed men in no kind of uniform appeared on the property, Fellman said people had to think hard and fast, “Which side should you appear to support? … Under such peril, how ought you to act? Who were they? Who were you?”
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