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by Thomas Goodrich

eBook Black Flag: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865: A Riveting Account of a Bloody Chapter in Civil War History download ISBN: 0253213037
Author: Thomas Goodrich
Publisher: Indiana University Press; New Edition edition (February 1, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 192
ePub: 1783 kb
Fb2: 1701 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Goodrich does an adequate job broadly describing the Boarder Wars of 1861-1865. His use of primary sources, .

Goodrich does an adequate job broadly describing the Boarder Wars of 1861-1865. However, I found Goodrich's narrative lacking and the depth of his book to be quite shallow. In a place and time without laws or remorse, this book can be shocking at times but the truth can be shocking anyway as we all know. Recomended for anyone wanting to know more about this violent and bloody time in American history.

Black Flag is a highly recommended book that transports the reader to the towns and dusty highways of Kansas and Missouri during the Civil Wa. - -Kansas History. 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.

It was here also that some of the greatest atrocities in American history occurred.

Thousands died, millions of dollars of property was lost, entire populations were violently uprooted. Yet, in the great national tragedy of the Civil War, this savage warfare has seemed a minor episode

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Black Flag is a highly recommended book that transports the reader to the . THOMAS GOODRICH is a professional writer with a focus on th. . 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.

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 wa.

book by Thomas Goodrich. 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 at its worst.

Black Flag carries a strong message, and one clearly written"-Wichita Eagle. Black Flag is a highly recommended book that transports the reader to the towns and dusty highways of Kansas and Missouri during the Civil Wa. Yet in the great national tragedy of the Civil War, this savage warfare has seemed a minor episode.

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Black Flag carries a strong message, and one clearly written"―Wichita Eagle

"[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

War... at its worst. [A] well-written book..." ―Washington Times

[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.

Comments: (7)
ME
Every time I read about the guerrilla warfare in Kansas and Missouri I'm amazed that they were ever able to settle the region again. Both sides had their share of psychopaths who used the war to justify robbery, rape and murder.

Each side committed attrocities, which were used as justification for the attrocities committed by the other side.

The book is well-researched, and filled with first-hand accounts of what went on there. Anybody who thinks of war as a glorious adventure should read this book and see how ugly it can become. The brutality of the way they killed one another and mutilated the bodies of their victims is shocking.

Men surrendered, being told they would be treated as prisoners of war, only to be gunned down in cold blood. The murdered men were sometimes beheaded or scalped, and some of the killers rode around with necklaces made of body parts they had cut off of their victims.

It's not a very pleasant book to read, but if you want to know more about that part of the war, this is a good way to learn about it. If you don't want to read something this violent, but still want to know more about this part of the war, you should read Ride With the Devil (a novel covering the same topic) or watch the movie by the same name. The novel and movie are plenty violent, but not nearly as graphic as this book.
Porgisk
As the title states, this is indeed a riveting acccount of this era and place. Although a slim volume, this book is definitely a page-turner that is very well written and balanced with anecdotes, eyewitness accounts, and newspaper articles from the time.

With most histories it is easy to take sides in hindsight, or to proclaim who was right or wrong. Not so with the border war, where there were no heroes, no shining hour of courage, no happy ending to years of suffering. Both sides lost the battle as the border war raged. This is American History in its darkest time as lawlessness ruled, as the eyes of a nation were riveted on "big" battles to the east.

Although I was familiar with the redlegs, Quantrill, and Bloody Bill Anderson before I read this book, Goodrich breathes life into them, Quantrill benefiting the most. Often one of the most reviled characters in American history, Goodrich shows him as a more complex figure. In a war zone where any vestige of nobility was scarce, Quantrill comes off best, standing by his orders that women would not be harmed. If only the redlegs and Anderson's men had such a strain of character. That isn't to say Quantrill is heroic, just not as demonic as the other participants.

While I was reading this book, I also waded through a history of the Foreign Legion, which was more "academic" (meaning tedious and poorly written). In comparison to that book, this is a classic - even without so harsh a contrast this book is well written, well organized, and well thought out. I would recommend it to anyone as a satisfying reading experience.
Golden Lama
The guerilla warfare along the Kansas-Missouri boarder brought forth some of the bloodiest incidents of the Civil War. Unlike many of the larger battles between Union and Confederate forces (where armies were pitted against armies) the conflict between Northern Jayhawkers and pro-South Bushwhackers moved beyond military actions and brought the war to innumerable civilians. Both sides burned and pillaged the region, causing massive financial loss and an untold loss of life.

Goodrich does an adequate job broadly describing the Boarder Wars of 1861-1865. His use of primary sources, i.e. diaries, newspaper accounts and correspondence brings an interesting look into the lives of those who lived through those bloody years. However, I found Goodrich's narrative lacking and the depth of his book to be quite shallow.

Although briefly touching on the more notable incidents of the war, i.e. the Lawrence Raid, Ewing's General Order No. 11 and others, he fails to thoroughly examine the events with a keen enough eye. The same can be said for his description of pertinent actors. Although remaining objective and granting fair coverage to both sides, he fails to truly explain the motives behind much of the guerilla leadership and their role in the conflict.

Little new was provided by Goodrich that has not been thoroughly fleshed out by other authors. I would recommend "The Devil Knows How to Ride..." by Edward E. Leslie. All though concentrating on William Quantrill, Leslie's work provides a much greater study of the guerilla wars than Goodrich.
Banal
As a preview of the American Civil War, Kansas was as bad as it could get. But it also attracted those who had no interest in politics one way or the other but were criminals preying on those that did care about the future State of Kansas and of the United States.
Xanzay
the real story about the jayhawkers and how terrible people can bemore people should become aware of the sad times in missouri and kansas.
Bludsong
Were it in my power, I would make this mandatory reading for leaders in any field who hope to be effective change agents in the geographic area covered by this book. The pain of broken trust and horrible treatment of neighbor by neighbor described within this well written history continues in wounds that still may have not healed through the succeeding generations. Latent racism, suspicion of "authority." and a willingness to tolerate and even defend mediocrity in some communities in this part of the world (rather than to risk the kind of conflict that leads to adaptive change)- are they symptoms of an unfinished reconciliation following the horrors that Black Flag describes? Read the book!
Bu
What made these events so bad was the murder of innocent people on both sides. This book tells how really bad it was .Most of the info was taken from diaries and newspaper articals from the period.
A well researched book on the border wars between Kansas and Missouri showing equal blame on both sides. The author uses many eyewitness accounts from publications of that day. It's like hearing from the victims and the perpetrators themselves. One warning, concerning the topic and the firsthand accounts, it can be a depressing read.