Civil War Missouri

The Gray Ghosts Trail

Walnut Grove

Missouri was the scene of unparalleled guerrilla warfare during the years 1861 to 1865, spawning legendary characters such as Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, “Bloody Bill” Anderson and William Quantrill. Follow the trail of the Southern Partisans — the Gray Ghosts — through Missouri’s “Little Dixie.”

GhostsThis region also saw the earliest infantry operations of the war, one resulting in the Battle of Boonville, fought June 17, 1861 — more than a month before the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run).

The area also was the scene of two mounted operations in the later stages of the Civil War: Shelby’s 1863 Raid and Price’s 1864 Expedition.

Explore the stories on the “Gray Ghosts Trail” by following this link to an interactive map hosted by Missouri's Civil War:

Website links to Missouri Civil War places: Missouri Links