Suggested Reading on the Missouri Brigade and the War in Missouri

This list does not pretend to be complete or particularly current since many new books have come out since this list was originally prepared, and I haven't read many at all! For a more complete list, check with some of the book sellers in the area:

This Bibliography covers Histories of the famed Missouri Confederate Brigade, the Guerrilla War & Border Troubles, the War in the Ozarks, Major Missouri Battles, Biographies, Miscellaneous Missouri CW Sources, and Other Books about/by Missouri Confederates.
This list was compiled by & comments written by Bill Wayne

Books about the 1st & 2nd Missouri Confederate Brigades, or its/their component units, who served east of the Mississippi after the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) in March 1862. After Vicksburg, there was one Missouri Brigade.

  • Best Source: Gottschalk, Phil, In Deadly Earnest, The Missouri Brigade (1991). A well-written and well-researched history by a respected Missouri journalist. Describes leadership & actions of the Brigade(s) from Boonville to Ft. Blakeley & places them in the perspective of campaigns & the war as a whole.

  • Anderson, Ephraim McD., Memoirs, Historical and Personal; including the Campaigns of the First Missouri Confederate Brigade (1867). Excellent 1st person history of the Missouri Brigade from Carthage to Vicksburg, secondary source to Ft. Blakeley.

  • Bevier, R.S., History of the First and Second Missouri Confederate Brigades (1879). Another fine first person source, written by the Lt. Col. of the 5th Missouri Infantry. Again, a primary source only through Vicksburg, secondary thereafter.

  • Tucker, Phillip Thomas, The South's Finest: the First Missouri Brigade from Pea Ridge to Vicksburg (1993). A very well researched book with lots of anecdotes about Brigade members, but writing style is overblown & detracts from the Tucker's serious scholarship.

  • Tucker, Phillip Thomas, Westerners In Gray: The Men & Missions of the Elite Fifth Missouri Infantry Regiment (1995). In the same style as his Brigade history, covering part of the same time frame (fall '62 to Vicksburg). Good source for info on specific individuals and events for first person character work.

  • Tucker, Phillip Thomas, The Confederacy's Fighting Chaplain: Father John B. O'Bannon. Father O'Bannon was chaplain of the Fifth Mo Infantry. I haven't read this work, but it has been criticized for being more about the 5th than Father O'Bannon, which might make it of more value to a unit researcher.

Books about the guerrilla war in Missouri and the border: - also see Biographies

  • Best Source: Brownlee, Richard S., Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy (1958). Excellent coverage of the war years, but not much coverage of pre-war actions.

  • Monaghan, Jay, Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865 (1955). The original history of the border & guerrilla wars, done in sensationalist style. Not always accurate.

  • Fellman, Michael, Inside War, the Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War (1988). A scholarly study of causes and effects if the guerrilla war. Won't pinpoint skirmishes but will show attitudes.

  • Goodrich, Thomas, Black Flag, Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865 (1995). I have this in my library but haven't gotten around to reading it.

  • Castel, Albert & Thomas Goodrich, Bloody Bill Anderson, The Short, Savage Lifge of a Civil War Guerilla (1998). I've not read this yet, but both authors are excellent historians.

  • Nichols, Alice, Bleeding Kansas (1954). A good source for the border troubles from 1854 to 1861.

Books about war in the Ozarks:

  • Ingenthron, Elmo, Borderland Rebellion (1980). Covers the war on the Missouri-Arkansas border.

  • Steele, Phillip W. & Steve Cottrell, Civil War in the Ozarks (1993). A concise history.

  • Sunderwirth, Richard F. The Burning of Osceola, Missouri, 2007. Detailed account by a local historian

  • White, Katherine Miles, Bitter Ground, the Civil War in the Golden Valley (1971). Anecdotes and history about the war in Benton, Henry & St. Clair counties.

Missouri Area Battle & Campaign Histories

    Wilson Creek (Oak Hills to us rebs)

  • Bearss, Edwin C. The Battle of Wilson's Creek (1988). Account of a key Missouri battle written by the dean of CW historians.

  • Brooksher, William R., Bloody Hill, the Civil War Battle of Wilson's Creek (1995). Covers the whole campaign including detailed accounts of battles at Boonville, Cole Camp, Carthage & Dug Springs.

  • Piston, William Garrett & Richard W. Hatcher III, Wilson's Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (2000). Covers the battle using participants.

    Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern)

  • Shea, William L. & Earl J. Hess, Pea Ridge, Civil War Campaign in the West (1992). Detailed account of the complete campaign.

  • Knight, James R., The Battle of Pea Ridge: The Civil War Fight for the Ozarks (2012). A newer book I've not yet read.
    Price's 1864 Raid

  • Peterson, Cyrus A. & Joseph M. Hanson, Pilot Knob, Thermopylae of the West (1914). The only detailed account I've found of this phase of Price's 1864 Raid.

  • Monnett, Howard N., Action Before Westport, 1864 (1964). Culminating battle, called by some the largest battle of the Trans-Mississippi

  • Buresh, Lumir, The Battle of Mine Creek (1977). Good detailed account of the end of Price's attempt to recapture Missouri.


    Sterling Price

  • Castel, Albert, General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the American West (1968). A military biography of Gen. Price by a leading historian of the area.

  • Shalhope, Robert, Sterling Price, Portrait of a Southerner (1971). Better on his full life & background, not as thorough on the war.

  • Rea, Ralph R., Sterling Price, the Lee of the West (1959). Rea's grandfather served under & idolized Price - it affects this biography.

    William Clark Quantrill

  • Castel, Albert, William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times (1998). Author is a noted historian.

  • Hale, Donald R., We Rode With Quantrill: Quantrill and the Guerilla War 1998. "As told by the Men and Women Who Were With Him."

  • Breihan, Carl W., Quantrill and His Civil War Guerrillas (1959)

    Bloody Bill Anderson

  • Castel, Albert & Thomas Goodrich, Bloody Bill Anderson, The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerilla (1998). I've not read this yet, but both authors are excellent historians.

  • Hale, Donald R. They Called Him Bloody Bill (1975)

Miscellaneous Books

  • Arther, Anthony, General Jo Shelby's March (2010). Shelby's refusal to surrendur and exile to Mexico.

  • Hurt, R. Douglas, Agriculture & Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie (1992). An excellent source for the 1st person fanatic who really wants to understand his background as a farmer/planter.

  • Bartels, Carolyn, The Civil War in Missouri Day by Day, 1861-1865 (1992). A massive extraction from O.R. of what went on every day of the war in Missouri. Also has a location index.

  • Denny, James & John Bradbury, The Civil War's First Blood: Missouri, 1854-1861 (2007). Large format paperback covering teh border troubles through 1861 battles.

Other Notable Books by Missouri Veterans

  • Edwards, John Newman, Shelby and His Men (1867). Edwards was a newspaperman & Shelby's Adjutant, so the account is both florid & partisan. Recently reprinted.

  • Edwards, John Newman, Noted Guerrillas (1877)

  • Mudd, Joseph A., With Porter in North Missouri (1909). Covers author's experiences in summer of 1862.

Battles and Campaigns Involving Missouri Units

  • Tunnard, Willie H., A Southern Record (1866). Tunnard was a member of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry, which fought side-by-side with the Missouri Brigade(s) from Oak Hills through Vicksburg.

Other Authors & Subjects:

Missouri Confederate Dead

  • Anders, Leslie, Confederate Roll of Honor: Missouri (1989). Lists all known Missouri Confederates who died during the war, with unit, location & cause.

  • Jacobson, Eric A., The McGavock Confederate Cemetery (2007). Lists by state the Confederate dead buried in McGavock Cemetery after the Battle of Franklin

This bibliography does not cover Federal subjects, including Wiley Britton's books describing the war in the area from a Union viewpoint, biographies of Lyon, Leslie Ander's regimentals on the 18th & 21st MO (US), or any Kansas or Iowa regimentals.

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