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the Ozarks during the Civil War
was a dangerous business, what-
ever your loyalties.
There are caves in the Ozarks
said to be the old haunts of bush-
whackers, several reportedly
used by Wilson. Cadenbach has
visited them and he admits it
s
hard to verify the truth of those
claims “since Wilson didn
t carve
his name in the walls.” Caden-
bach recalls a guy who around
the 1940s dug up a Civil War-era
pistol in one of those caves. It
had the initials “BW” carved on
the grip. Could it have belonged
to Bill Wilson? He was known to
pack two 44-caliber six shooters.
Something about the Civil War
captures your imagination, no
matter your feelings on the out-
come. And if Cadenbach and
Don Wilson are any indication, an
old family allegiance fades in the
face of today
s friendship. It
s also
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If you think the Ozark Trail is a
gorgeous place to hike, you
re
right. But you should know that
the Missouri woods are more
than just another pretty forest.
During the Civil War, Missouri
earned the dubious distinction
of third place among other states
for its total number of military
actions. By war
s end, the Ozarks
alone tallied up some 500-plus
engagements. Fact is, the Civil
War has deep roots in the Ozarks,
when it comes to key battles and
bushwhackers.
Missouri had ties to both the
Union and Confederacy and the
Ozarks were important stomping
grounds as a conduit from Arkan-
sas to St. Louis, the same stretch
as today
s Ozark Trail. For Rolla
resident and Civil War reenac-
tor Terry Cadenbach, there
s no
separation between the Ozarks
and the Ozark Trail. Although
Cadenbach
s view is off the beat-
Though the battle was a costly
defeat for the Confederate Mis-
souri Expedition, Ewing
s men
were forced to explode their own
But Cadenbach points out that
the area around the Eleven Point
section was base for a number
of Confederate bushwhackers,
CAMP BLOOD AT PILOT KNOB, FORT DAVIDSON
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SOUTHEAST MISSOURI IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES
MAJOR-GENERAL
STERLING PRICE, C.S.A.
AND MISSOURI GOVERNOR,
1853-1857
UNION BRIGADIER-
GENERAL
THOMAS EWING JR.,
JUSTICE OF KANSAS IN 1861
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