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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

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In an effort to curb guerilla warfare in Missouri and Kansas, Union General Thomas Ewing who commanded at Kansas City, on Tuesday, August 25, 1863 issued General Order No. 11.  All persons in Jackson, Cass, and Bates counties, Missouri, plus parts of Vernon County, were immediately to evacuate their homes. 

Those who could prove their loyalty to the Union would be permitted to resettle at military posts.  All others had to leave the area.  Eventually, an estimated twenty thousand people around the Kansas City area were displaced, with their abandoned homes, barns, and crops often destroyed. 

While having little or no direct effect on partisan fighters like the Redlegs or border ruffians such as Quantrill, the order caused deep animosities against the Union which would last for years.