Kline Speaks at Order #11 Commemoration

 

On August 25th Hibberd Kline participated in a commemoration of Union General Thomas Ewing’s infamous 1863 Order #11 banishing the entire population from four Missouri counties in an effort to rid the Kansas – Missouri border of Southern Guerrillas. By Ewing’s own estimate, 80% of the households in west-central Missouri supported the guerrillas. The event was sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and was held at Heritage Plaza in Independence, Missouri. The event began with a reenactment of the eviction of both Northern and Southern sympathizers from their homes. Then, drawing upon his experience as Reserve Course Coordinator at the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Col. Kline made a presentation discussing Order #11 as an example of the challenges confronted by commanders throughout history when required to pacify a hostile population. He was followed by Walter Bush, Manager and Curator of the Fort Davidson State Historic Site at Pilot Knob, Missouri, who presented the Federal view of Order #11 and by James Buckner, a noted local Civil War historian, re-enactor, and historic site preservation advocate, who discussed the order from the Southern perspective. The ensuing panel discussion and audience questions revealed that there still are some strong opinions regarding Ewing’s order.

Despite the heat, it was a good event with an opportunity to sell a few copies of Conflicting Loyalties and explain our history.

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August 3, 2013

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