General Thomas Ewing issued the notorious Order No. 11, creating a demilitarized zone in Missouri. Jackson, Cass, Bates, and northern Vernon Counties were forcibly evacuated.

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.