A brief history adapted from prologue to the civil wars first blood missouri 1854 1861 by james denny and john bradbury published by missouri life media despite their initial reluctance to sever ties with the union missourians who were fundamentally southern in culture and heritage constituted the majority of the states population. Western missouri was the scene of brutal guerrilla warfare during the civil war and some marauding units became organized criminal gangs after the war in 1882 the bank robber and ex confederate guerrilla jesse james was killed in saint joseph . A brief overview of the civil war in missouri includes descriptions of the national and state political actions that led up to the war in general and particularly the war in missouri brief descriptions of most major engagements are given in chronological order. During the american civil war missouri was a hotly contested border state populated by both union and confederate sympathizers it sent armies generals and supplies to both sides was represented with a star on both flags maintained dual governments and endured a bloody neighbor against neighbor intrastate war within the larger national war. The civil war is the central event in americas historical consciousness while the revolution of 1776 1783 created the united states the civil war of 1861 1865 determined what kind of nation it would be
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