Inside war : the guerrilla conflict in Missouri during the American Civil War /

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Main Author: Fellman, Michael.
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The scope of this work is actually larger than the title states, because it begins with a chapter on prewar Missouri and concludes with one on postwar Missouri. The author's treatment is a mixture of history and social psychology. Fellman (Simon Fraser University) has organized his materials under four headings: civilians in guerrilla war, official attitudes, guerrillas and Union troops, and women. His method is to quote from a source and comment on it with psychological insight. Perhaps more than any other state, Missouri suffered from guerrilla fighting. Actuated by a variety of motives, lofty and low, citizens took war into their own hands. Both the Union and Confederacy sought to establish official policies, without success. Women appear as brave, sacrificial, strongly committed ideologically, and generally respected by guerrillas. The book is the best full-scale analysis of guerrilla fighting in any state during the Civil War. Equipped with maps and illustrations and generously footnoted, it is also attractively printed. Appropriate for large college and all university libraries. -J. A. Rawley, University of Nebraska--Lincoln

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