Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865 Mark W. Geiger

Yale Series in Economic and Financial History
Publication date:
27 Jul 2010
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156 x 24mm
36 scattered b-w
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This highly original work explores a previously unknown financial conspiracy at the start of the American Civil War. The book explains the reasons for the puzzling intensity of Missouri’s guerrilla conflict, and for the state’s anomalous experience in Reconstruction. In the broader history of the war, the book reveals for the first time the nature of military mobilization in the antebellum United States.

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Winner of the 2011 Francis B. Simkins Award sponsored by the Southern Historical Association.

Mark Geiger is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and will also be a Kluge Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress for the 2011-12 academic year.

"Heavily researched and fully documented, Geiger breaks much new ground in his eye-opening description of the previously unknown bank fraud and in his wider evaluations of how it shaped the conflict... a significant book that students of the Civil War state, or the insurgents who disrupted it, must consider. Clearly we still have much to learn about the Civil War's guerillas, and here is a guidepost for future efforts."—Kenneth W. Noe, The American Historical Review