The Battle of Lone Jack, just southeast of what is now modern day Kansas City, was a fierce little engagement that took place in August, 1862. Missouri and Kansas saw some of the most intense suffering of the Civil War, especially among the civilian population.
The museum at Lone Jack gives a comprehensive and accurate account of the events that led up to the battle, as well as the battle itself. The entire museum is housed in a small, circular one room exhibition, but it is arranged and displayed well.
In addition to the battle artifacts, a considerable effort is devoted to the explanation and accounting of the infamous "Order Number 11", which virtually emptied the Missouri counties of Jackson, Cass, Bates and part of Vernon county in late 1863. Families were run off, men and boys indiscriminately murdered, and wives and small children turned out with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I live in Cass county today, and I'm sure glad that I wasn't around then.
If you're in the Lone Jack area, an hour or so spent here would be well worth your time.
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