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A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2The Conflicted Ozarks$
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Brooks Blevins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042737

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042737.001.0001

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The Savagery of War

The Savagery of War

(p.85) 3 The Savagery of War
A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2

Brooks Blevins

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 3 continues a linear discussion of the war but also notes the Civil War’s metamorphosis into a different kind of conflict in its final two years in the Ozarks. Following the Battle of Prairie Grove in December 1862--chronicled in the previous chapter--the remainder of the conflict sees little action by large armies of either side. Instead, the official military activity concentrates on raids, counterinsurgency efforts, and punitive attacks. Much of the chapter deals with life on the home front in the Ozarks no-man’s-land and the guerrilla fighters who came to represent the region’s war over the final two years.

Keywords:   guerrilla warfare, Civil War, home front, Sterling Price, John S. Marmaduke, Joseph Shelby, Fort Davidson, Thomas Ewing Jr., refugees

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