Category Archives: Trans-Mississippi

Saving History Saturday: Wilson’s Creek Foundation Donates Artifact Collection

On August 1o—the 161st anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek—the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation officially signed over ownership of newly acquired artifacts to the battlefield. The ceremony took place in front of the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor … Continue reading

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Jayhawks, Mount Oread, Legends, and Lore: The University of Kansas and Its Deep Civil War Ties

From the famous rivalry with the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) dubbed the “Border War” to the unique Jayhawk mascot, the University of Kansas (KU) has some of the most interesting traditions, mascot, and lore of all American universities. At any … Continue reading

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Forged in Fire – The Battle of Athens, Missouri, Part II

For Part I of this Series, click here.  In August 1861, Athens, Missouri was a bustling river town in the extreme northeastern corner of the state, perched just across the Des Moines River from the Iowa border. With over 500 … Continue reading

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Forged in Fire – The Battle of Athens, Missouri, Part I

By the early summer of 1861, Missourians across the state plunged into war in response to the Camp Jackson Affair and its polarizing aftermath. Devoted Unionists were called to arms by Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon to join the Home Guards … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Phill Greenwalt Visits Fort Craig

With less than three months remaining until our symposium, several of our authors will further explore topics relating to their ‘What If’ theme. Today, Phill Greenwalt explores Fort Craig, New Mexico… In 1853, soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederates and Comancheros, Skullduggery and Double-Dealing in the Texas-New Mexico Borderlands

  “Skullduggery,” the word graces the cover and the third paragraph of the introduction to this detailed study that highlights a very niche component of the American Civil War and the frontier establishment of the American southwest. Authors and historians … Continue reading

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Lone Jack – The Fight for Control of Northwest Missouri

By the summer of 1862, the guerrilla war on Missouri’s western border was spiraling out of control for Federal authorities. The year prior, the pro-secessionist government was forced to flee the capital city, allowing the Federals to install a new … Continue reading

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Pea Ridge — A Pen of Fire

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Marmaduke’s Defensive Line at Byram’s Ford

By mid to late October of 1864, Major General Sterling Price’s ragtag Army of Missouri wound its way west toward the Missouri-Kansas border. Since September, the Army of Missouri had moved through northern Arkansas and into Missouri nearly 500 miles … Continue reading

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A Chronology of the Confederacy’s 1862 Counterstrokes

Several months ago, I crossed an item off my Civil War bucket list: visiting the Perryville battlefield. While at the visitor center, I watched a video which put the Confederate invasion of Kentucky into the larger context of the war. … Continue reading

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