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In Missouri, Union troops searching for Confederate guerrillas burn most of Platte City to the ground

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12/16/1861
Platte County had been the scene of significant guerrilla activity, led by by a local named Silas Gordon.  Earlier threats has been made on Platte City for sheltering Gordon and seventy-five men of the 18th Missouri Infantry under the erratic Colonel James Morgan made good on these warnings when they occupied Platte City, captured several "bushwackers," shot them without a trial, and burned much of the town to the ground. Union forces also burned the town again in 1864.  (By John Osborne)     
Source Citation: 
William McClung Paxton, Annals of Platte County, Missouri: from its exploration down to June 1, 1897... (Kansas City, MO: Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co., 1897), 321. 

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