The Civil War in Missouri

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Letter, Lizzie Brannock to Rev. Edwin H. White, Regarding Conditions on Missouri's Western Border

January 13, 1864
MHM Archives

Writing to her brother from Chapel Hill, Missouri, Lizzie Brannock described what many families living in rural areas experienced during the Civil War. Brannock, whose husband had frequently been away from home before finally leaving for good to join the Confederate army, was left alone to care for her children and tend to the farm. The Brannocks had been victimized by the infamous Union soldier Charles Jennison and his Kansas Jayhawkers more than once, but no one was safe from the war between Union soldiers and Confederate guerrillas when both sides were bent on destruction. Brannock, a self-professed rebel, wrote, “Our farms are all burned up, fences gone, crops destroyed. No one escapes the ravages of any party or the other…. Where I shall go, or what do; I do not know.”