THE IMPACT OF ORDER #11
THE PERSONAL LIVES OF THOSE IMPACTED:
Eliza Jane Austin:
In 1834, Eliza Jane Watkins married Robert Austin in the Sni-A-Bar Township of Jackson County near Oak Grove. Her husband Robert had been born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 28, 1811.
He had settled in Oak Grove at the age 23 where he purchased 200 acres of land. Her marriage to Robert resulted in the birth of seven children: Jessie G., Thomas T., Mary Jane, William F., George, John H. and Sarah Ann. Her husband was a strong Union man and despite his loyalty, he was forced to relocate his family to Platte County, Missouri. During Order No. 11, their family buildings were burned and their property was destroyed.
This loss nearly ruined the family financially. In 1864 Robert disposed the family property in Oak Grove and bought a farm of 160 acres in Johnson County, Kansas. She and her husband were of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Robert Austin was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 28, 1811. At the age of twenty-three in 1833, he settled in Oak Grove, Jackson County, Missouri where he bought 200 acres of land. He married Miss Eliza Jane Watkins in the Sni-A-Bar Township of Jackson County in 1834. They had seven children born of their union: Jessie G., Thomas T, Mary Jane, William F., George, John H. and Sarah Ann. Mr. Austin was a Union man but was compelled to go to Platte County, Missouri. During Order No. 11,
Austin’s buildings were burned and his property destroyed. This loss nearly ruined him financially. In 1864 he disposed of his property in Oak Grove and bought a farm of 160 acres in Johnson County, Kansas. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was described as doing “much for churches, schools and benevolent institutions of different kinds” and being “one of those men whose advice and counsel was “always sought.”
Miss Maggie Baker:
Miss Maggie Baker was among twenty-three families whose fathers, husbands and sons were in the rebel army and who set out eight days after the issuance of Order #11. She was among the sixty-one women and children who were piloted out of Jackson County by eighty four year old, Buckner Muir, and his fifty six year old blind son, Sam. Among the women and children under the guidance of Buckner and his son were Laura
Harris Flannery (later Bridges), her young son, her sister Mrs. Julian Irwin, and her children, Mrs. Walton and her three year old son Thomas. At the time of the Order, Mrs. Walton’s husband (and little Thomas’ father) was a lieutenant colonel in the Trans-Mississippi department of the Conference Army. The Muirs led the party into Clinton, Henry County, Missouri and after they left Clinton many in the group wandered south through the Indian Country (Oklahoma today) and into Texarkana, Texas. Upon their arrival, Thomas grew ill with the membranous croup. His condition soon worsened and an Indian woman doctor attempted to administer treatment to him, but it was of no avail and little Tom soon died—his mother was prostrated with grief. The body of the little boy was placed in the wagon owned by Laura Harris Bridges Maggie and Laura kept the death watch over his body. When the party reached Boggy Depot in Texas, they met Colonel Harris and an attachment of 1,500 men. Little Thomas was provided a coffin and was buried with full military honors in respect to the boy’s father. 
 The History of Jackson County, Missouri, Union Historical Company, Birdsall, Williams & Co., Kansas City, Missouri 1881 (Indexed Edition by Felix Eugene Snider, 1996), p. 911 hereinafter referred to as the “History of JACO”).
Eakin, Joann, Five Years of the Blue & Grey Chronicle 1997-2002, Vol. 3, Number 6, p.3, August 2000, Two Trails Publishing, Independence, 2002.
THESE & MANY MANY OTHER TRAGIC TALES OF TEARS, TURMOIL & TESIMONIALS WILL BE PROVIDED OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS AS A LEAD-IN TO THE 150TH COMMEMERATION OF ORDER #11 ISSUED BY GENERAL THOMAS EWING FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS IN KANSAS CITY , MISSOURI AT THE PACIFIC HOUSE ON DELAWARE STREET ON AUGUST 25, 1863--JUST 4 DAYS AFTER QUANTRILL & HIS GUERILLAS SACKED AND DESTROYED LAWARENCE, KANSAS IN WHICH SOME 200 MEN & BOYS WERE SLAIN & THE TOWN WAS LEFT IN SMOULDERING RUINS & CRUBMLING WALLS.
FOLLOW EACH OF THE SERIES OF BLOGS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF ORDER #11--THE LOSS OF OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES UNDER MARTIAL LAW DURING THE CIVIL WAR ON THE WESTERN BORDER OF MISSOURI.