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Honey War Map
December 12, 1839: The Missouri and Iowa Militias were squared off for battle in the Honey War when a last-minute truce averted bloodshed.
These militia men were not soldiers and they had no uniforms. Many didn’t even have guns. One man came armed with only a sausage grinder. This was December; it was cold along the Iowa border, and some men didn’t even have blankets or tents. However, they did have five wagon-loads of whiskey.
Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.