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Quantrill Bodyguard New. Who Started The War? Cisco starts out brilliant enough beginning with the Union atrocities committed on Missouri citizens at Camp Jackson in St. Louis, where German mercenaries under General Nathaniel Lyon surrounded the legally mustered Missouri State Militia taking them prisoner.
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As the soldiers were being led away to be paroled a large assembly gathered precipitating the German mercenaries to fire on the unarmed crowd killing 28 innocent men, women and children. One woman had her two children in her arms killed. Seventy-five others were wounded. The following day another 10 citizens were murdered again by Lyon's German mercenaries. For this atrocity Lyon was promoted from captain to brigadier-general by Abraham Lincoln.
The writing is in an easy readable style that is hard to put down simply because the reader finds the level of Union atrocities unbelievable. Though Missouri initially suffered a full two years before the Southern blue bloods in the Eastern Theater felt the crushing blow on their way of life by Lincoln's generals Cisco takes us through several states showing how the level of atrocity on Southern civilians was an act of collusion orchestrated from Washington.
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Lincoln's aim was not so much to achieve a military victory in the field as to wipe away all semblance of the Southern way of life as possible. Many a Kansas Jayhawker or Union forager stole everything that "wasn't nailed down or burning hot. The principle of people having the right to freely choose their own destiny was utterly repugnant to Lincoln.
The understandable principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That Southerners might be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they did not want, and that resistance, on their part made them traitors and criminals. But the most astonishing revelation that Cisco brings to light is the atrocities committed on free blacks and slaves that came under Federal protection. Slaves were robbed of all their possessions and those that thought that by leaving their masters and following the juggernaut of the invading Union army found themselves miles from their homes, left without shelter, food or clothing, leaving them to starve to death.
Reports of rapes on Negroes by Union soldiers was a common occurrence in every Union army but the most horrendous act was by soldiers of General William T. Cisco also relates the story of the pillaging of Fredericksburg by the Federal Army - soldiers stole books, pianos, dresses, other musical instruments and other items, though many things were simply destroyed.
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African-Americans were not immune to abuse and murder. Many Federal soldiers did not fight the Civil War to free blacks from slavery; many actually opposed that idea. Some slaves would follow a Union Army trying to escape but were sometimes driven away and forced back into slavery or died trying to escape.
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Some in the Confederate Army wanted to repay the North for the atrocities committed against their civilians, but General Robert E. Lee would not allow it.
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He wanted his soldiers to remain civilized and not lower themselves to barbaric atrocities. Reconstruction after the war did nothing to relieve many of these memories. It is not dry at all, and the chapters are fairly brief.
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