Category Archives: Western Theater

The Iron Brigade of the Cumberland at Chickamauga (Part Two of Two)

The anonymous author of the pamphlet Willich at Chickamauga continues with the resumption of the battle on September 20, 1863: What a glorious morning ushers in this Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1863, and shines as fair a sun as ever gladdened this hemisphere. … Continue reading

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The Iron Brigade of the Cumberland at Chickamauga (Part One of Two)

Few moments in the life of a historian compare with uncovering fresh primary sources. Fortunately, I have experienced this thrill on numerous occasions. Small rewards for thousands of hours spent squinting at period handwriting in archives and attics across the … 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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Book Review: Vicksburg Besieged

Vicksburg Besieged Edited by Steve E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear Southern Illinois Press, 2020, $29.50 hardback Reviewed by Sean M. Chick It is inevitable that as Ulysses S. Grant’s stock has risen over the decades, more books on Vicksburg … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Admiral Andrew H. Foote – Another Farragut?

February 6, 1862, midday: Advance cavalry elements of Brig. Gen. U. S. Grant’s 17,000-man force broke from the woods fronting the Confederate fort they intended to attack and were startled to observe the Stars and Stripes flying from the flagpole. … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast: The Siege of Jackson, Mississippi

Historian Jim Woodrick talks with Chris Mackowski about The Civil War Siege of Jackson, Mississippi, in July 1863. Listen for FREE here: Podcast: The Siege of Jackson, Mississippi

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Fallen Leaders: Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, Part I

As the first Federal general officer to be killed-in-action in the American Civil War, Nathaniel Lyon was a man who devoted his life to country, duty, and discipline. To some, he was a crazed Unionist, sadist, and a radical. To … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Huzzah

While many minds are on Gettysburg, early July always finds me reflecting on the siege and surrender at Vicksburg. In the larger picture, I have always found the Vicksburg victory more important because it leads to the important result of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/7-6/14/21

What’s your favorite regiment that fought in the Western Theater? And did they fight there exclusively or transfer?

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Recruiting the Regiment: The First Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiment

For Missouri Volunteer Militiaman and U.S. Army veteran John S. Bowen, it was a tumultuous early summer of 1861. On May 10, he and approximately 600 Missouri militia had been captured by Capt. Nathaniel Lyon’s Federal troops in St. Louis … Continue reading

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