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Panel 27 - Battles Fought in Court

- Fighting Order No. 3 -

These lawsuits were not limited to Northern versus Southern sympathizers. George Caleb Bingham, a well known Missouri artist and vocal supporter of the Union, was involved in such a lawsuit.

  • A petition for damages filed by Wyllys C. Ransom against George Caleb Bingham is shown on this panel. Bingham admitted that he had made public comments holding Ransom responsible for allowing his men to steal and destroy property from Missouri citizens, but denied using the words attributed to him in court documents. The suit was eventually dismissed.
  • This panel features a painting by Bingham, titled "Order No. 11," which was Bingham's protest against the order of the same name issued by Union General Thomas Ewing. Ewing ordered all residents of Bates, Cass, and Jackson counties and part of Vernon County to vacate the area in order to remove the civilians harboring and supporting the guerrillas.

Lawsuits were also filed against military officials.



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