Battle of Carthage, Missouri: First Trans-Mississippi Conflict of the Civil War

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

The Battle of Glorieta Pass: A Gettysburg in the West, March 26-28, 1862

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

The Battle of Carthage: Border War in Southwest Missouri, July 5, 1861

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

Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins

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

Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War's First African American Combat Unit

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

The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign

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

A Crisis in Confederate Command: Edmund Kirby Smith, Richard Taylor, and the Army of the Trans-Mississippi

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