Archaeological Dig In Missouri Linked To Civil War

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An aspiring archaeologist at the University of Kansas is digging up clues, and some painful memories, in a dig in rural Bates County.

Ann Raab wants to learn how life changed after Union soldiers destroyed thousands of homes in four Missouri counties in response to William Quantrill's raids during the Civil War.

The Union issued Order 11, which forced residents in Jackson, Cass and Bates counties — and part of Vernon — to leave unless they could prove they were loyal to the Union. Thousands of square miles were torched, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.

Raab says she wants to study how long the social and economic wounds last for civilians whose lives are devastated by war.

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