Cass County Battles & Skirmishes

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Jay Roberts discusses how he and Jackie Roberts built a diorama of Morristown to recreate the battle there on Sept. 17, 1861.


Using the diorama he created, Jay Roberts explains the Battle of Morristown, when Union troops attacked Confederates recruiting for the Missouri State Guard.


The maps below were drawn by Jonathan Curth for Tom Rafiner’s book, Cinders and Silence. Click to enlarge.

The destruction of some eleven towns by mostly Kansas troops under the command of Jim Lanes, Charles Jennison and Daniel R. Anthony did much to drive citizens into the guerrilla home-protection groups.

Along the way, troops scoured the countryside for horses, wagons, food, clothing, fencing and farm equipment often burning homes, crops and fields in their wake even before Order No. 11.