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by Doris Land Mueller

In the treacherous swamps of southeast Missouri, a different kind of Civil War was waged.

Meriwether Jeff Thompson was one of the most intriguing but least-known Missouri participants in the Civil War. He and his troops traveled fast and light to harass Union forces, materializing out of the countryside to surprise the enemy and evading the traps set for them by Northern commanders. Early in the war, Union General Ulysses S. Grant gave Thompson the name “Swamp Fox” for his exploits in the Bootheel region. This book now tells his story—an adventure that will be appreciated by readers of all ages. Doris Mueller has produced a meticulously researched account of Thompson’s life, from his Virginia boyhood and early successes to his wartime exploits and postwar life. When the war began, Thompson left his adopted city of St. Joseph—where he had served as mayor—to fight for the Confederacy. He was elected brigadier general in the First Military District of Southeast Missouri and led poorly equipped and loosely trained men in skirmishes and raids, often using guerrilla tactics. He was captured in August 1863. After being released twelve months later in a prisoner exchange, he joined Sterling Price’s ill-fated raid into Missouri. After the war, he was one of the first Southern leaders to seek reinstatement as a U.S. citizen and worked to allay hostilities among fellow Southerners.

Thompson was also known as the “Poet Laureate of the Marshes,” and Mueller includes numerous excerpts from his writings about his experiences. Her account not only provides a wealth of little-known biographical details about this important Missourian but also offers insight into the state’s unique experiences during that bloody era, personalizing events through the life of this brave soldier.

Scorned by the Northern press for impudence, but beloved as a leader by his men, Thompson was courageous in battle, often to the point of recklessness, making him a constant thorn in the side of Union forces; after the war he was an oft-maligned model for reconciliation. Doris Mueller’s recounting of his life is an action-adventure story that will delight readers as it attests to his important role in Missouri’s heritage.

Download M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy (Missouri Heritage Readers) epub
ISBN: 0826217249
ISBN13: 978-0826217240
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Doris Land Mueller
Language: English
Publisher: University of Missouri; First edition (February 28, 2007)
Pages: 136 pages
ePUB size: 1201 kb
FB2 size: 1860 kb
Rating: 4.9
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"M. Jeff Thompson: MIssouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy" is a very rare glimpse into the life of a Missouri Confederate officer in the Civil War. He operated in southeast Missouri which is often ignored in discussions of the western theater of the war or the war in Missouri. It was a particularly brutal brand of warfare in that part of the country. The book follows his life from beginning to end and even includes some of his poetry.

It is a fairly quick read and is well written although sometimes a bit academic. It details his exploits throughout the war all the way to his post-war exploits. It's a very well researched and documented account of one of the more intriguing member of the Trans-Mississippi Brigade. I recommend it to anyone who's interested in the war in Missouri. Missouri was the third most fought over state in the war, and many people don't even realize it was involved. This book gives you a glimpse of it.
The author writes very well but as a Civil War enthusiast I expected a lot more on his actual exploits during the conflict. After I was done, I knew a lot about him as a man, and I'm glad in the epilog the author shared more info about his wife, but I never got a real good feeling as to why he was supposedly feared by the Federals. Other raiders like Morgan and Mosby were a constant thorn in the Unions side. I was hoping to read more about Jeff's action in Missouri. Four years went by pretty quickly in the book.
Overall a good effort by the author.
I was pleased to read this account of M. Jeff Thompson's life and his Civil War valor especially since he is my great-great-grandfather. His daughter Emma married Davis Houston Longmire and their son, John P. Longmire, was my grandfather. My father was John P. Longmire Jr and I am Thomas Longmire. It is good to know that M. Jeff Thompson's memory is still alive and well in the great state of Missouri.
As someone who is originally from the Show Me state, it took Doris Land Mueller's M.Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy to show me that my home state could produce a genuine swashbuckling hero of the Civil War. Thompson, a charismatic leader and resourceful guerrilla tactician, caused the Union forces some considerable trouble before they caught and imprisoned him. Wherever your Civil War sympathies lie, you have to be fascinated by the daring Thompson as he is brought alive by Mueller's very able pen and meticulous scholarship. His story would make a great movie, and one that you will want to see after you read this book.
Golden freddi
Nice treatment
Doris Mueller researched and wrote about an intriguing Confederate of the Civil War that harassed the Union troops, by traveling fast with his troops to evade the Union soldiers. General Ulysses S. Grant gave Meriwether Jeff Thompson the "Swamp Fox" name for his adventures in the treacherous swamps of southeast Missouri, also known as the Bootheel region near Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee borders.
Jeff Thompson's legacy before, during and after the Civil War is "larger than life." He was a Renaissance man - poet, soldier, leader, fighter, politician, engineer, entrepreneur, industrialist, husband, father.
The story begins in his birth home of Harper's Ferry, VA - born a Southerner. Next, the pre Civil War years brings him to Missouri and as Mayor Thompson of St. Joseph, he officiates for the first Pony Express rider on April 3, 1860, setting off with mail to California. After Thompson learns about abolitionist John Brown raid of Harpers Ferry in October, 1859, Jeff Thompson instinctively knows he must go to Virginia to defend his birthplace. I wish author stated year when Thompson returns on page 25.
Jeff Thompson was a reckless soldier but beloved by his men and known as the "Poet Laureate of the Marshes." During the Civil War, he was a constant thorn in the side of the Union forces, but author Doris Mueller eloquently displays Thompson's poetry. After the Civil War, in 1865 Thompson was "one of the first Southern leaders to be `reconstructed,' He signed the oath of allegiance to the United States and served as a model for others by speaking in favor of rebuilding the South." and "On the same day, he sent a letter to President Andrew Johnson asking to be reinstated as a citizen of the United States."
However, I have one suggestion on a way to improve.
In the chapter, Thompson's Early Years, add the "slavery question" as the only unresolved question of the original 13 colonies when our founding fathers declared independence from England on July 4, 1776. John Adams needed all 13 colonies to agree on all words in the Declaration of Independence. The colony of South Carolina would NOT agree to " all men are created equal, including slaves." Benjamin Franklin convinced Adams to leave the slavery question for succeeding generations in order to get a consensus for the Declaration of Independence. In the chapter, Thompson's Early Years, Abraham Lincoln said "There is but one great question now before the American people." In 1776, there was but one question UNRESOLVED by the founding fathers and that was "the slavery question."
Then, of course in the chapter - The Man and His Legacy, expand on the concluding statements - "he was a descendant of Revolutionary War officers and is distantly related to George Washington." WOW! What better way to make M. Jeff Thompson's life and relatives part of Missouri history, as part of the North and South or Civil War history, and part of the Revolutionary Way history and independence of our founding fathers.
This is an outstanding story and I agree with Ann Bakis, another reviewer, make Missouri's Swamp FOX a movie.
A rare and exciting glimpse of the involvement of so many committed soldiers that served in the military who were from Missouri. This should be required reading for high school students. The heritage of our past family members who were caught up in the turmoil cannot be told often enough and this book enhances and develops our understanding of those times.