The Civil War's First Blood: Missouri, 1854-1861 by James Denny & John Bradbury
James Denny and John Bradbury introduce key political and military players—including Nathaniel Lyon, Sterling Price, Ulysses S. Grant—and explain military operations from the first battle at Boonville to the 1861 battles at Carthage, Wilson’s Creek, Athens, Lexington, and Belmont. Missouri soon came to epitomize the tragedy of the nation’s internecine struggle.
This book explains the political atmosphere in Missouri prior to the Civil War and the war’s effects on Missourians throughout the first year of the tortuous struggle to determine the state’s allegiance. During the 1850s, as arguments over states’ rights and slavery escalated, Missouri became one of the most volatile regions in the nation. Friends, families, and neighbors often found themselves on opposite sides of the issues because of the strong ties Missouri had with both the North and the South.
About the Authors
James Denny is a former historian with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the author of several books, including the Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri.
John Bradbury is a Center for Missouri Studies senior fellow and former Assistant Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Research Center-Rolla. He is the author of numerous books and has contributed to many journals, including the Missouri Historical Review, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and OzarksWatch magazine.
Published by Missouri Life, Inc., paperback, 2016. 138 pages. 140 illustrations.