The Civil War and Nodaway County, Missouri, Volume 1


The history covering early bushwacking, war-related killings, role of women, slave holders, underground railroads choosing up sides, Confederate flag over Maryville, skirmishes north of Maryville, etc., compose the contents of this history of the Civil War era in this northwestern county in Missouri.

Nodaway County, formed in 1845, takes its name from the Indian description of the “placid stream” or “Nodaway River.” In the late 1850s, Nodaway, a border county of a border state, was in a rough and tumble area where the pioneer citizens had just the right mix to trigger quarrels over secession issues. By 1861, the county had become a very difficult place to “love thy neighbor.”

This volume contains accounts of the following: Foretaste of War; Slavery in Nodaway County; Organizing Nodaway County to Fight the War of 1861–1865; Rosters, Regiments, and Rough Times in the Union Army; General Sterling Price’s Missourians, State Guards to CSA; Roll of Honor; Coming Home to Nodaway County; Rebellion Had Its Consequences; The Grand Old Army and Confederate Veterans Union; and The War Pictured Through Narratives, Diaries, Letters and Journals. Three appendices add: Maps; Towns, Post Offices, and Sites in Nodaway County; and Townships of Nodaway County, Cemeteries. Photographs, illustrations, and a surname index add to the value of this work.

Martha L. Cooper

(1989), 2023, 8½x11, paper, index, 224 pp

ISBN: 9780788495960