It’s fascinating, and at least a couple of our editors are known to begin “taking the public history pulse” with this tool. So…what comes up with the keywords “Lesser-Known Civil War Battles”?
The top result when we searched one July night was an article on TopTenz, dating back to Sesquicentennial days. Still enlightening, here’s how they ranked “10 Decisive American Civil War Battles You Never Hear About.”
10. Battle of Pea Ridge, March 7-8, 1862
9. Battle of Glorieta Pass, March 26-28, 1862
8. Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862
7. Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862
6. Battle of Honey Springs, July 17, 1863
5. Battle of Olustee, February 20, 1864
4. Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864
3. Battle of Fort Stevens, July 11, 1864
2. Battle of Westport, October 23, 1864
1. Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864
We’re thinking that many of you are familiar with these battles. And it’s surprising that Nashville ranked #1…
Now, we invite you to make your own list. What are the top-ten lesser-known battles/skirmishes of the Civil War? How do you define lesser-known? We’re getting ready some great discussion like this at the Symposium in just a couple weeks.