This Month in 1864

Each month in 2014, the Library will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Missouri and Kansas with a post derived from the thousands of primary sources that are digitized and incorporated into this website. The Library and its project partners collaborated to assemble this rich repository from the collections of 25 area archives, combining it with interpretive tools and original scholarship produced by nationally recognized historians.

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October 1864

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General Sterling Price’s Army of Missouri advances on Kansas City, is dealt a crippling blow at the Battle of Westport near the present-day Country Club Plaza, and faces possible annihilation at Mine Creek and Newtonia.

September 1864

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General Sterling Price’s “Army of Missouri” invades its namesake state in hopes of capturing it for the Confederacy, William “Bloody Bill” Anderson leads his bushwhackers in a bloody massacre, and the first major fighting of Price’s Raid ensues at Pilot Knob.

August 1864

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Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price begins organizing an army of 12,000 cavalrymen in Arkansas for an invasion of Missouri, Captain William Fowler handles questions and complaints about the draft in Missouri, and Col. Robert T. Van Horn runs for Congress.

July 1864

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Northerners and Southerners look for meaning in the annual Fourth of July celebrations, bushwhackers formerly associated with Quantrill’s Raiders resume their activities, and African American soldiers receive equal pay with white soldiers.

June 1864

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The spouse of an imprisoned Confederate soldier struggles in the Union-controlled state of Missouri, civilians and soldiers fear attacks from bushwhackers, and a Baptist minister attempts to hold his congregation together in Kansas City.

May 1864

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Captain Richard M. Hulse fortifies a Missouri town against Confederate raids, Rev. Jonathan B. Fuller, in Kansas City, enjoys a brief respite from the strain of war, and a Missouri resident hears rumors of a Confederate invasion.

April 1864

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Three Chariton County slaves are placed up for auction upon the death of their master, General James G. Blunt is removed from command due to an earlier defeat at the hands of guerrilla fighter William Clarke Quantrill, and General Samuel R. Curtis pursues Quantrill’s Raiders.

March 1864

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The mayor of Kansas City, R.T. Van Horn, contemplates regaining his lost command, Missouri’s Baptist ministers grow concerned over federal interference with their religious liberties, and a Confederate soldier from Missouri remains imprisoned and separated from his family.

February 1864

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As February 1864 dawned, the cold winter and the Civil War continued to exact misery on the residents of Missouri and Kansas. John A. Bushnell and Eugenia Bronaugh, fiancés separated by wartime circumstances, continued their correspondence and contemplated taking the risk of visiting one another.

January 1864

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One hundred fifty years ago, Kansans and Missourians warily greeted the fourth year of the secession crisis and Civil War. Along the border shared by the two states, the fall of 1863 had brought a culmination of the guerrilla warfare conducted by pro-Union “jayhawkers” from the Kansas side and pro-Southern “bushwhackers” from Missouri.

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