General Order No. 11. Lincoln Strikes Back

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(Daily KOs) – Very soon after Quantrill’s August 21, 1863, raid, Lincoln struck back. On August 25, 1863, Gen. Thomas Ewing, Jr.’s General Order No. 11 mandated the very rapid abandonment of rural areas in four counties in western Missouri, Johnson and Lafayette Counties not among them. The order affected all rural residents regardless of their allegiance. Those who could prove their loyalty to the Union were permitted to stay in the affected area, but had to leave their farms and move to communities near military outposts. “Villagization.” Those who could not do so had to vacate the area altogether. Altogether… the depopulation of nearly three thousand square miles of western Missouri.

Lincoln signed off on General Order No. 11, after spelling out that the killing was to be done by soldiers, not civilians. He did not want civilians to have to live with that. Lincoln’s tinkering and tempering of Gen. Order No. 11 was ignored.

About four days ago, I submitted Happy Quantrill’s Raid Anniversary. My Great Grandfather Rode With Them., a diary about Quantrill’s Raid.

So now, quoting from “The Devil Knows How To Ride—The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders” by Edward E. Lesser:

“Bare-footed and bare-headed women and children, stripped of every article of clothing except a scant…

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