Missouri ranks third in the number of civil war battles fought on its soil although some sizable actions were fought in the state most of the battles were the result of the intense guerrilla activity. Guerrilla warfare went on in missouri for most of the civil war bands of pro south men would hunt and kill union soldiers and pro union civilians william quantrill and bill anderson were perfect examples of guerrilla leaders. Shortly after war broke out quantrill assembled a ragtag band of guerrillas and began harassing and killing union forces and sympathizers along the missouri kansas border. Types of guerrilla warfare the concept of a peoples war first described by von clausewitz in his classic treatise on war was the closest example of a mass guerrilla movement in the erain general during the civil war this type of irregular warfare was conducted in the hinterland of the border states missouri arkansas tennessee kentucky and northwestern virginia west virginia
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