Bibliography of Border Warfare and Civil War Books

An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Border Warfare and Civil War Books in the Missouri Valley Room

This list is not comprehensive. Search the online catalog for more resources.

United States. War Dept. The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Ser. I, v. 1-53, Ser. II, v. 1-8, Ser. III, v. 1-5, Ser. IV, v. 1-3. Government Printing Office, 1880-1901. Call number: MVSC 973.7 U585
Set of 155 volumes of the official records of the Civil War. Located in the reading room open stacks and also online at Ohio State University's ehistory. This includes the Companion Atlas.

Bartels, Carolyn M. The Civil War in Missouri, day by day, 1861 to 1865. Shawnee, Kansas, 1992.
Using the Official Records of the Rebellion, county histories, material from the Confederate Archives, the "Missouri Amnesty" files, and illustrations from the National Archives, the author provides a sense of what the Civil War was like for the people who lived and fought in Missouri.
Call number: MVSC 977.8 C582

Barton, O. S. Three years with Quantrill: a true story told by his scout, John McCorkle. With notes by Albert Castel, commentary by Herman Hattaway. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
The best published account by a scout who "rode with Quantrill." This first person account provides information not found elsewhere.
Call number: MVSC 977.8 M13Z

Britton, Wiley. The Civil War on the Border: a narrative of operations in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and the Indian Territory during the years, 1861-62. 2v. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1891.
Considered by many to be the best contemporary account of the Trans-Mississippi warfare, slightly biased towards the Union. Essential for any bibliography covering battles in Missouri, Arkansas, or Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
Call number: MVSC 973.73 B86

Brownlee, Richard S. Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: guerrilla warfare in the West, 1861-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1958.
The most complete and accurate source of information on the guerrillas in Missouri during the Civil War, including martial law and restrictions placed on civilian civil rights. Appendix of known members of Quantrill's, Anderson's, and Todd's guerrillas.
Call number: MVSC 973.742 B88G

Buresh, Lumir F. October 25th and the Battle of Mine Creek. Kansas City, Mo.: The Lowell Press, 1977.
The most complete account of the only Civil War battle fought in Kansas. Background is given on Price's Raid into Missouri followed by the Confederate retreat from Westport which led to the battle at Mine Creek. Appendices give the organization of the opposing armies, cavalry tables of organizations, strength of Confederate and Union troops at Mine Creek, and casualties.
Call number: MVSC 973.737 B95O

Castel, Albert. William Clarke Quantrill: his life and times. New York: Frederick Fell, Inc, 1962.
A complete account of Quantrill and his fighting in Missouri and Kansas. Includes facts on the border warfare preceding the Civil War, many of the men who rode with Quantrill, and an epilogue about those guerrillas who became bandits after the war.
Call number: MVSC 973.742 C34W

Castel, Albert. A frontier state at war: Kansas, 1861-1865. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1958.
General history of the war in Kansas. Attention is given to Order No. 11, the Lawrence Massacre, and the bushwhackers. Bibliography - Republished in 1997 by University Press of Kansas as Civil War Kansas: Reaping the Whirlwind.
Call number: MVSC 978.1 C34f, 978.1 C34C

Dellinger, Harold, ed. Jesse James: the best writings on the notorious outlaw and his gang. Guilford, Conn.: The Globe Pequot Press, 2007.
Dellinger "sifts through the hundreds of published articles and books about James to painstakingly create a compelling collage of character, an extraordinary, multifaceted portrait of one of history’s most infamous outlaws."
Call number: BROWSING MVSC 364.155 J27ZD

Edwards, John N. Noted guerrillas, or The warfare of the border. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & company, 1877.
Account of the exploits of the guerrillas in the west, written by one who rode with them and then spent his life after the war promoting their cause.
Call number: MVSC 977.8 E26

Fellman, Michael. Inside war: the guerrilla conflict in Missouri during the American Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
A scholarly, in-depth study of guerrilla warfare in Missouri, with particular attention given to the psychological impact on the civilian population. Detailed picture of how ordinary citizens had to fear neighbors as well as government officials.
Call number: MVSC 973.74 F3LI

Goodrich, Thomas. Black flag: guerrilla warfare on the western border, 1861-1865. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
The author draws from contemporary accounts of Bushwhackers, Jayhawkers, ordinary civilians, soldiers, slaves, spies, etc., and tells how the Civil War many times was brutally played out in the western border states.
Call number: MVSC 973.748 G65B

Goodrich, Thomas. Bloody dawn: the story of the Lawrence Massacre. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1991.
A well researched and documented account of the guerrilla raid on Lawrence, Kansas, in August of 1863 as well as the time leading up to it. Book details the military aspects of the raid, the guerrillas flight back to Missouri, and the consequences for the border area.
Call number: MVSC 978.165 G65B

Gottschalk, Phil. In deadly earnest: the history of the First Missouri Brigade, CSA. Columbia, Missouri: Missouri River Press, 1991.
A comprehensive history of the First Missouri Brigade, CSA, in which its combat record is vividly documented. This 540-page book is fully footnoted, indexed, and includes 15 maps and 30 photographs. This group fought from Boonville, Missouri, to most theaters of the war.
Call number: MVSC 973.742 G68IL

Lee, Fred L. The Battle of Westport, October 21-23, 1864. Kansas City, Mo.: Westport Historical Society, 1976.
A concise, factual account of the essential points of the Battle of Westport, along with a tour route of the battle which corresponds to tour markers. Numerous anecdotes and recollections are included to bring the human side of war into view. Appendix lists the organizations of both armies, along with the casualties for both sides. The best and most historically accurate "quick ready reference" regarding the Battle of Westport.
Call number: MVSC 977.8411 L47Bb

Leslie, Edward E. The devil knows how to ride: the true story of William Clarke Quantrill and his Confederate Raiders. New York: Random House, 1996.
Bringing together eyewitness accounts, letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts, and reports, Edward Leslie presents a definitive biography of Quantrill. Includes the Lawrence massacre, Centralia Massacre, and other blood drenched atrocities.
Call number: MVSC 973.742 Q12ZL

Monaghan, Jay. Civil War on the western border, 1854-1865. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1955.
An excellent account of Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War on the border.
Call number: BROWSING MVSC 973.748 M73C

Monnett, Howard N. Action before Westport, 1864. Rev. ed. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1995.
The only complete history of the Battle of Westport. Considered to the definitive source on this battle, the author incorporates the background leading to Price’s Raid into Missouri. Maps and photographs. Appendix details the organization of both Union and Confederate forces involved.
Call number: MVSC 977.8411 M74AC

Schultz, Duane P. Quantrill's war: the life and times of William Clarke Quantrill, 1837-1865. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.
A major biography of Quantrill that recounts his guerrilla raids, concluding with the raid on Lawrence, Kansas, and the men who rode with him. Extensively documented bibliography.
Call number: MVSC 973.742 Q12ZS

Starr, Stephen Z. Jennison's Jayhawkers: a Civil War cavalry regiment and its commander. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1973.
A detailed account of the activities—good and bad—of the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and their leader.
Call number: 973.748 S79J

Stiles, T. J. Jesse James: last rebel of the Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
This biography of Jesse James presents him as ruthless, purposeful, and a very political figure who made himself a spokesman for the Confederate cause after the Civil War. It includes an analysis of his partnership with John Newman Edwards to further the cause. Includes extensive notes and bibliography.
Call number: MVSC 364.155 J27ZST

Suderow, Bryce A. Thunder in Arcadia Valley: Price’s defeat, September 27, 1864. Cape Girardeau, Mo.: Center for Regional History and Cultural Heritage, Southeast Missouri State University, 1986.
An account of Major General Sterling Price's defeat at the Battle of Pilot Knob, Missouri, on September 27, 1864. The author recounts the origin of the invasion as well as the battle itself. Appendix includes a list of both Union and Confederate participants.
Call number: MVSC 973.73 S94T

Sutherland, Daniel E. A Savage Conflict: the Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
This "is the first work to treat guerrilla warfare as critical to understanding the course and outcome of the Civil War." The author "argues that guerrilla warfare took a large toll on the Confederate war effort by weakening support for state and national governments and diminishing the trust citizens had in their officials to protect them" (book cover).
Call number: MVSC 973.73 S966S