||Welcome to the Colonel William Monks website.
Our purpose is to supply you information about Monks and his
book, and provide some additional details and information you
probably will not find anywhere else.
The wonder is that William Monks lived to write
Originally published in 1907 and now reprinted for the first time, this is the only account published by a Unionist guerilla. A local legend in Howell County, Missouri, Monks was a staunch Unionist, a refugee, a federal scout, and anti-guerilla fighter, a county official, a state representative, and an officer in both Missouri and Arkansas post-war militias.
"A riveting story and a valuable research
"William Monk's compelling memoir of the
Civil War and its aftermath in Missouri and Arkansas contains
little about marching armies and set-piece battles, but it
presents a fascinating account of ordinary people caught up in
extraordinary times. Here is a glimpse of the real war in
the Trans-Mississippi where arson and ambuscades were
commonplace events and everyone had a score to settle."
Copyright 2003: John F. Bradbury, Jr. and Lou Wehmer