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From These Honored DeadHistorical Archaeology of the American Civil War$
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Clarence R. Geier, Douglas D. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049441

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049441.001.0001

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Massacre and Battle at Centralia, Missouri, September 27, 1864

Massacre and Battle at Centralia, Missouri, September 27, 1864

Historical and Archaeological Perspectives

(p.42) 3 Massacre and Battle at Centralia, Missouri, September 27, 1864
From These Honored Dead

Thomas D. Thiessen

Steven J. Dasovich

Douglas D. Scott

University Press of Florida

During the morning of September 27, 1864, the sleepy little hamlet of Centralia, Missouri, was visited by a band of pro-Confederacy guerrillas, led by William T. Anderson, one of the most notorious partisan leaders in the history of guerrilla warfare during the Civil War. When it erupted in mayhem, that visit brought about the deaths of several civilians and approximately 150 Union soldiers in a massacre and battle that placed Centralia in the annals of famous Civil War atrocities. Newly discovered pension records and various accounts of the survivors and other witnesses clearly show the vicious and violent nature of war practiced in the trans-Mississippi West during the Civil War. Viewed in light of the expanding array of analytical techniques of modern battlefield research, Centralia presents historical and archaeological reflections of those radical practices of war and warfare.

Keywords:   atrocities, massacre, William T. Anderson, Centralia, Missouri, Missouri, guerrillas, guerrilla warfare, Union soldiers

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