They Were Forced to Leave Home

During the Civil War, Southern sympathies and support of many people in northwest Missouri resulted in the issuance of the infamous Order #11.

Per Wikipedia, the order forced the evacuation of rural areas in four counties in western Missouri. The order, issued by Union General Thomas Ewing, Jr., affected all rural residents regardless of their allegiance. Those who could prove their loyalty to the Union were permitted to stay in the affected area, but had to leave their farms and move to communities near military outposts. Those who could not do so had to vacate the area altogether.

While intended to deprive pro-Confederate guerrillas of material support from the rural countryside, the severity of the Order’s provisions and the nature of its enforcement alienated vast numbers of civilians, and ultimately led to conditions in which guerrillas were given greater support and access to supplies than before.

My first cousin, twice removed, Mollie Belle Cave, was born in Saline County, Missouri because her family was forced to leave Jackson County due to Order #11.

I’m sure your family has a Civil War story to tell. Have you saved it?



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Can you imagine being forced out of your home during the Civil War, even if you were loyal to the Union? It happened in Missouri - read about it here.

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