A Reading List on the Civil War in Missouri

Next month I’ll be taking a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Missouri State University on the Civil War in Missouri. History professor Jeremy Neely will be teaching the course, which you can sign up for here. I am really excited to learn something new about a topic that I’m very passionate about.

There is no syllabus or required reading for the class, but in preparation for it I wanted to put together my own list of resources that I’ve relied to inform my own understanding of the Civil War experience in Missouri. Please add your favorite reads and recommendations in the comments section.

Adam Arenson, The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011)

Albert Castel, General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West (Louisiana State University Press, 1968)

Bryce A. Suderow and R. Scott House, The Battle of Pilot Knob: Thunder in Arcadia Valley (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2014)

Daniel O’Flaherty, General Jo Shelby: Undefeated Rebel (University of North Carolina Press, 1954)

Dennis K. Boman, Lincoln and Citizens’ Rights in Civil War Missouri: Balancing Freedom and Security (Louisiana State University Press, 2011)

Diane Mutti Burke and Jonathan Earle, eds., Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border (University Press of Kansas, 2013)

Diane Mutti Burke, On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 (University of Georgia Press, 2010)

Jay Monaghan, Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865 (Little, Brown & Co., 1955)

James Neal Primm, Lion of the Valley: St. Louis, Missouri, 1764-1980 (Missouri Historical Society Press, 1981)

Jeffrey L. Patrick, Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins (McWhitney Foundation Press, 2011)

Louis S. Gerteis, Civil War St. Louis (University of Kansas Press, 2001)

Louis S. Gerteis, The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History (University of Missouri Press, 2012)

Michael Fellman, Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1989)

Nicole Etcheson, Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era (University of Kansas Press, 2004)

Silvana R. Siddali, Missouri’s War: The Civil War in Documents (Ohio University Press, 2009)

William Garrett Piston and Richard W. Hatcher III, Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

William E. Parrish, Frank Blair: Lincoln’s Conservative (University of Missouri Press, 1998)

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2 responses

  1. Already signed up a few weeks ago. I got a few of my friends from the Saber & Scroll Historical Society to come along as well.

    No Brownlee, Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy?

    Also, EdX is going to rerun Eric Foner’s Civil War & Reconstruction courses starting September 3rd. I took it in its first run and it was outstanding, especially the Reconstruction course. This is a three course sequence as a MOOC. https://www.edx.org/course/civil-war-reconstruction-1850-1861-columbiax-hist1-1x-1

    Finally, this might interest you. http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2015/09/national-parks-and-difficult-history.html

    1. Hi Jimmy,

      My list is in no way comprehensive and I’m sure I missed a number of good studies. I haven’t read Brownlee but I’ll check it out. Ditto to the Foner class.

      I read that article on National Parks and difficult history a few days ago. I’m glad that it’s giving attention to the important work of a few select parks within the agency, but it also left out a lot of other parks doing this same kind of work.

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