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This area between Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville was well populated. The roads north and south carried troops out to forage and harass. The early settlers were predominantly southern, and guerrillas roamed at will. No loyal Union man could live in the neighborhood after 1861. Many moved over to Kansas.
Thomas Thomas, a resident of this area, was a famous Border War leader.
The Hackler family from this area, provided three sons to serve in the Confederate States Army (CSA) and all survived the War.
The Shelton family also had two sons in the CSA, but they both died in the War.
Exceptional sites for in-depth information
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area | www.freedomsfrontier.org
Missouri Kansas Conflict: Civil War on the Western Border | www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org
Missouri / Kansas Border War Network | www.moksbwn.org
Civil War in Missouri | www.mocivilwar.org
Kansas State Historical Society | www.kshs.org
Books: Rafiner, Tom. Caught Between Three Fires. 2010, ExLibris http://www.casscountyorderno11.com/about-tom-rafiner.html