By Larry Wood
has written an excellent, slim volume of the history of this area, its importance and its tragedies in the Civil War.
Victorious Confederates seized food and animals from the locals, and Wood
tells a touching story of a young girl whose beloved horse "Old Jim" was taken.
does a very nice job of using diaries, letters and news reports of the period.
Amid the sadness and violence of the time, Wood
shows that some humanity and humor remained.
My favorite example is an order, probably apocryphal, issued on hearing of Lee's surrender at Appomattox, that "any man found sober on the streets after 9:00 p.m. would be subject to a fine."
Civil War Springfield is part of a series by The History Press
commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
contribution is a joy to read and a great introduction to the Civil War in the Missouri Theater.