Deep in the eastern Ozarks of Missouri, a battle still rages about a Union massacre of Southern civilians that happened on Christmas Day 1863. While some call it a simple rescue mission to liberate captured Union soldiers, other claim that it was mass murder, which included women and children. The Civil War was a bitter and brutal conflict, but perhaps never more so than in the state of Missouri, where the wounds of the Kansas border war still festered. The inhumanity of the conflict was punctuated with Union war crimes, especially in the eastern Ozarks. There, civilians were targeted in an effort to subjugate the fierce fightin men battling Union forces in the region. As a result of this policy, 27,000 Missouri citizens were killed during the war. Here is the uncensored story of that bitter and bloody time in American history that many mainstream historians have tried desperately to cover up.