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-Missouri Border War: Order Number 11-

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At the start of 1861, Missouri appeared to be one of the few slave states in the nation where its citizens overwhelmingly felt that preserving the Union was important. Secession was only an option of last resort. But by the summer of 1862, all calls for reason had disappeared and Missouri was being wracked by guerrilla warfare. This is the story about the events leading up to the Federal order to remove from their homes the citizens of the western border counties of Missouri.


  • Guerrilla war
  • The District of the Border
  • Prelude to Order Number 11
  • Orders Number 9 and 10
  • Union Prison Collapse
  • The Lawrence Massacre
  • Ewing Issues Order Number 11
  • Implementation of Order Number 11
  • Impact of Order Number 11


  • John M. Schofield
  • Thomas Ewing, Jr.
  • George Caleb Bingham
  • William C. Quantrill
  • James H. Lane
  • Martin Rice
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