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Bushwhacker Belles: The Sisters, Wives, and Girlfriends of the Missouri Guerrillas
By Wood, Larry        
Paperback - English

A fascinating look at the brave belles of Missouri

Wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends, and mothers--they risked their lives and their freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. In spite of the danger, they persevered in feeding, clothing, and sheltering the guerrillas. These courageous women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides, and mail handlers. They even received stolen property for their Confederate brothers. Though often arrested or banished from their home state of Missouri, many gave false oaths in order to return to their tasks. The dedication of these women is documented through their own diaries and other primary sources.

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In this fascinating telling of often overlooked Civil War stories, award-winning author and 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.

Many of these 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 successfully carry out their clandestine missions undetected for years. Wood traces these women through their own diaries and other primary sources from the era. The poignant tales are punctuated by stark images of these women. The stiff, posed portraits give silent testimony to their resiliency and strength during tumultuous times.

Talented researcher Larry Wood has a passion for Ozarks history. Wood is an active member of the Joplin Writers' Guild and Missouri Writers' Guild. He enjoys writing, maintaining a blog, and educating others with his numerous articles and books on the colorful history of his native state.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
EAN
9781455621569
Publication Date
17/03/2016
Pages
304
Dimension
21.34cm x 13.72cm x 2.03cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Wood, Larry
Larry Wood is a retired public school teacher and a freelance writer. Wood authored Civil War Springfield, The Two Civil War Battles of Newtonia, Wicked Joplin, and Wicked Springfield, Missouri.




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