Bleeding kansas or the kansas missouri border war was a series of violent civil confrontations between the people of kansas and missouri that occurred immediately after the signing of the kansas nebraska act in 1854 the border war began seven years before the civil war officially began and continued into the war the issue was whether or not kansas would become a free state or a pro slavery . Civil war on the missouri kansas border donald gilmore on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers during the civil war the western front was the scene of some of that conflicti 1 2 s bloodiest and most barbaric encounters as union raiders and confederate guerrillas pursued each other from farm to farm with equal disregard for civilian casualties. Learn about the border war read our mission and vision statements this website engages civil war buffs scholars students and local residents in research and discussion on the missouri kansas border war that shook the region from 1854 to 1865. Before the start of the civil war the name jayhawkers applied to bands of robbers associated with the kansas free stater cause who rustled livestock and stole property on both sides of the state line during this period a jayhawker could be a hero or a villain depending on individual circumstances or ones opinion on the issue of slavery in kansas territory
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