In this fascinating look at an often overlooked subject, historian Larry Wood delves into the hidden lives of the brave belles of Missouri. Sometimes connected by blood but always united in purpose, these wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends, and mothers risked their lives and their freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. They used subterfuge and occasionally sheer luck to feed, clothe, and shelter the guerrillas. These courageous women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides, and mail handlers. They often joined in on the bushwhackers’ campaigns, assisting them in any way possible. They even received and traded stolen property for their Confederate brethren. Many of the women were arrested or banished from their home state of Missouri; many were forced to give an oath of allegiance to the Union in order to gain their freedom; a few were able to carry out their clandestine missions undetected. Wood traces these women through their own diaries and other primary sources from the era. The poignant tales of these women are punctuated by images of many of them; the stiff, posed portraits give silent testimony to their resiliency and strength during tumultuous times.
About the Author
Award-winning author Larry Wood is an avid writer with a strong passion for the Civil War and Ozarks history. In addition to penning several books on these subjects, he has contributed articles to publications such as Show Me the Ozarks Magazine, the Ozarks Mountaineer, Missouri Life, and Ozarks Reader. Wood is a member of the Joplin Writers Guild, Missouri Writers’ Guild, the Ozarks Writers League, and the Joplin Genealogy Society. The author of Pelican titles Ozarks Gunfights and Other Notorious Incidents and Desperadoes of the Ozarks, Wood lives in Joplin, Missouri.
The Sisters, Wives, and Girlfriends of the Missouri Guerrillas
By Larry Wood
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Midwest
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
304 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
77 photos Notes Index
ISBN: 9781455621569 pb