During the Civil War, Missouri and Kentucky—the slave-holding Border States dividing North and South—became major battlegrounds, not only for formal combat but also for violent political discord, martial law, governments in exile, and “bushwhackers”—perpetrators of guerrilla warfare that included the Missouri pro-Confederate group, Quantrill’s Raiders. Leading Civil War experts discuss the contentious region’s greater impact on the course of the war and the path to reunion and emancipation.
John F. Marszalek is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University. Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Chair of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. Harold Holzer (moderator), the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War Era, is Jonathan F. Fanton Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
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