Black Flag

Black Flag

Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861–1865
Goodrich, Thomas
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1999
Format: Paperback 20 b&w photos, 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-21303-7
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A Selection of the History Book Club

[A] thorough and comprehensive study of this tragic, almost forgotten episode of American history." —History

What Sherman did in Georgia and Sheridan in the Valley pales in comparison. This study truly shows the horrible cost inherent in any civil war." —Civil War Courier

[A] well written and compelling account of an aspect of the Civil War which has not received sufficient attention." —Southern Historian

Compelling..." —Publishers Weekly

[A] fast-paced.. .absorbing discourse... Black Flag is a highly recommended book that transports the reader to the towns and dusty highways of Kansas and Missouri during the Civil War." —Kansas History

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 Aburnt district, Black Flag is a horrifying day-by-day account of life, death and war, told with unforgettable immediacy.

Author Bio

THOMAS GOODRICH is a professional writer with a focus on the American Civil War. His previous book, Bloody Dawn: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre, was a selection of the History Book Club.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: May 24, 1856

1. The Prairies Ablaze
2. The Besom of Destruction
3. One Desperate Man
4. Fighting the Devil
5. Black Harvest
6. The Lot Was Cast
7. Lawrence
8. Order No. 11
9. A Most Fearful Sight
10. With a Heavy Heart
11. Rider on a Pale Horse
12. A Land without Pity
13. At War with Peace