The Civil War tore more than the country apart. For many families, the war meant seeing one son in blue and another in gray. Even in states, like Missouri, that stayed in the Union, loyalties were fiercely divided.
In my own family, the Faulkenberrys were torn between North and South. Sadly, in a battle taking place in their home town of Lone Jack, one brother fought for the Union while two other brothers fought for the Confederacy. Northwest Missouri was hugely pro-South and became a breeding ground for Southern guerrillas.
My third cousin, Leoria (Leo) Jane Shore wrote about another branch of the family (the Shores) feeding the wartime guerrillas in her wonderful book, Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Shore, Switzerland, 1570 – Surry County, North Carolina, 1750. I am so grateful that I found a copy of the book for sale; I have since run into other Shore researchers who want a copy. This might be one of those cautionary tales: If you find a book about your family, buy it now!
One thing I learned while researching my families in bordering Jackson-Johnson-Lafayette-Cass counties was that my Shore family used to leave food out in their orchard to help feed Quantrill’s Raiders. Quantrill and his men saw themselves as loyal Confederates but the truth is they robbed and murdered under the guise of Southern patriotism. It surprises me that the Shore family helped feed them – and I wonder if that’s a family legend or a family myth. Knowing Leo Jane just a bit (and I’m going back 40 years), I suspect she had first-hand knowledge from her own parents and grandparents.
I had the great good fortune to visit the family cemetery and see the family home across the road. Somewhere – out behind that house – once stood an orchard. And in that orchard was food for Quantrill.
To learn more about Civil War MissouriThe Homefront in Civil War Missouri (Civil War Series) Bushwhackers: Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri (The Civil War Era in the South) Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border