The Battle of Carthage, Missouri, was the first full scale land battle of the Civil War Governor Claiborne Jackson s rebel Missouri State Guard made its way toward southwest Missouri near where Confederate volunteers collected in Arkansas, while Colonel Franz Sigel s Union force occupied
In 1862 a small army of Texans invaded New Mexico in order to win it for the Confederacy Following the third day of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Texans realized their predicament Here we are between two armies, one double ours and the other four times our number, 1,000 miles from home, not a
Though the First and Second Battles of Newtonia did not match epic Civil War battles like Antietam, where over thirty five hundred soldiers were killed in a single day, and Gettysburg, where twice that number died in three days of fighting, such smaller engagements were just as important to the men
The battle of Carthage, Missouri, was fought than two weeks before First Bull Run and was the culmination of the first major land campaign of the Civil War The fight began with Federal officer Nathaniel Lyon s capture of the ammunition packed St Louis Arsenal Gov Claiborne F Jackson
The American Civil War in California and Oregon.
In early 1861, most Missourians hoped they could remain neutral in the upcoming conflict between North and South In fact, a popularly elected state convention voted in March of that year that no adequate cause existed to compel Missouri to leave the Union Instead, Missourians saw themselves as
It was 1862, the second year of the Civil War, though Kansans and Missourians had been fighting over slavery for almost a decade For the 250 Union soldiers facing down rebel irregulars on Enoch Toothmans farm near Butler, Missouri, this was no battle over abstract principles These were men of the
In 1863 the Union capture of Texas was viewed as crucial to the strategy to deny the Confederacy the territory west of the Mississippi and thus to break the back of Southern military force Overland, Texas supplied Louisiana and points east with needed goods by way of Mexico, Texas offered a detour
This vivid work, first published by UNC Press in 1954, reveals General Joseph Orville Shelby as one of the best Confederate cavalry leaders and certainly the most colorful Born in Lexington, Kentucky, but drawn by the promise of the growing West, Shelby became one of the richest men in Missouri.
Gaines provides an absorbing account of the Cherokees involvement in the early years of the Civil War, focusing in particular on the actions of one group, John Drew s Regiment of Mounted Rifles.
In 1864, Union troops controlled much of the South, Sherman s men marched with impunity through Georgia and defeat at Gettysburg was a painful and distant memory The Confederacy needed to stem the tide Confederate major general Sterling Price led an army of twelve thousand troops on a desperate
The 1862 battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas was one of the largest Civil War engagements fought on the western frontier, and it dramatically altered the balance of power in the Trans Mississippi This study of the battle is based on research in archives from Connecticut to California and
The Battle of Mine Creek was the only Civil War battle in Kansas fought between uniformed troops and was one of the largest cavalry battles of the war, with 10,000 troops spread over a square mile Yet the battle has for years been viewed as little than a follow up action to the Battle of
In A Crisis in Confederate Command, Jeffery S Prushankin scrutinizes the antagonistic relationship between Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith and his key subordinate, Richard Taylor Prushankin offers a perspective on the events in the Trans Mississippi through the eyes of these two high strung