Missouri - 15 percent soldiers??
- Per message # 25278 1/21/04These figures are really amazing.Missouri's entire population in 1860 was 1,063,000. So more than 10% of the whole population fought for the North, and about another 5% fought for the South. One in every 15 persons was a soldier? That is a very high percentage.______________A soldier's September, 1862, observation of the numbers of soldiers from Jefferson City west and south:Msg # 11737 - June 2002This country is a perfect wreck nearly all the citizens left. Some in the Union Army and a great many in the rebel army. And a great many families who profess to be Union are following the Federals from place to place for protection.Msg # 11810This is a deserted country worse if possible than an old ship wreck. No business of any kind going on. Nearly all the citizens are gone. Part in the Union Army. Part following up the Federals claiming to be Union and want protection under them. And a great many in the secesh army. ...................... Scattering [of] secesh is all over the country. Yesterday as a company of M. S. M. was coming from Warsaw here [to Clinton] they were fired on from the bushes by a band of guerrillas killing several horses but done no other damage. They then got up and skeedaddled.________________If you enjoy reading soldier's letters the letters posted on Msg # 11737 and # 11810 are interesting.