By Larry Wood

In this attention-grabbing examine a frequently disregarded topic, historian Larry wooden delves into the hidden lives of the courageous belles of Missouri. occasionally attached by way of blood yet regularly united in function, those other halves, sisters, daughters, enthusiasts, acquaintances, and moms risked their lives and their freedom to provide reduction and luxury to their menfolk. They used subterfuge and infrequently sheer success to feed, dress, and protect the guerrillas. those brave girls of all ages and station acted as crucial go-betweens, scouts, spies, publications, and mail handlers. they generally joined in at the bushwhackers’ campaigns, aiding them whatsoever attainable. They even acquired and traded stolen estate for his or her accomplice brethren. a number of the ladies have been arrested or banished from their domestic nation of Missouri; many have been compelled to offer an oath of allegiance to the Union so that it will achieve their freedom; a couple of have been in a position to perform their clandestine missions undetected. wooden strains those girls via their very own diaries and different basic resources from the period. The poignant stories of those ladies are punctuated via photos of a lot of them; the stiff, posed snap shots provide silent testimony to their resiliency and energy in the course of tumultuous times.

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