Friends of the Missouri State Archives
Thursday Evening Speaker Series, 7-8 p.m.
In his latest book, Bushwhacker Belles: The Sisters, Wives, and Girlfriends of the Missouri Guerrillas, historian Larry Wood provides a fascinating glimpse into the irregular warfare that embroiled the state during the Civil War. Sometimes connected by blood, but always united in purpose, these wives, sisters, daughters, lovers, friends and mothers risked their lives and freedom to give aid and comfort to their menfolk. By using subterfuge—and occasionally sheer luck—to feed, clothe, and shelter the guerrillas, these women of every age and station acted as essential go-betweens, scouts, spies, guides and mail handlers, often joining bushwhacker campaigns and assisting in any way possible. Many of the women were arrested or banished from their home state; many were forced to swear an oath of allegiance to the Union to gain their freedom; a few were able to carry out their clandestine missions undetected for years. The poignant tales are punctuated by stark images of these women, giving silent testimony to their resiliency and strength during tumultuous times. Join us as Wood traces the wartime activities of these daring women.