Black Flag – Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865: A Riveting Account of a Bloody Chapter in Civil War History
By Thomas Goodrich
From 1861 to 1865, the region along the Missouri-Kansas border was the scene of unbelievable death and destruction. Thousands died, millions of dollars of property was lost, entire populations were violently uprooted. It was here also that some of the greatest atrocities in American history occurred. Yet, in the great national tragedy of the Civil War, this savage warfare has seemed a minor episode.
Drawing from a wide array of contemporary documents—including diaries, letters and first-hand newspaper accounts—Thomas Goodrich presents a hair-raising report of life in this merciless guerrilla war. Filled with dramatic detail, Black Flag reveals war at its very worst, told in the words of the participants themselves. Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, soldiers and civilians, scouts, spies, runaway slaves, the generals and the guerrillas all step forward to tell of their terrifying ordeals.
From the shocking, sensational massacres at Lawrence, Baxter Springs and Centralia to the silent terror of a woman at home alone in the Burnt District, Black Flag is a brutally honest, day-by-day account of life, death and war, told with unforgettable immediacy. Softcover, 192 pages, #817