Category Archives: Western Theater

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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A Scene of Desolation – A Missouri Soldier Visits the Shiloh Battlefield in June 1862

On the morning of June 16, 1862, Pvt. Robert Goodman of the Seventh Missouri Infantry left his unit’s encampment to take a stroll. The last couple of weeks had been particularly hard for the men of the “Irish Seventh” regiment, … Continue reading

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On the Eve of War: The Missouri Bootheel

Located in the extreme southeastern corner of Missouri is the “Bootheel,” a region named for its unique shape as it protrudes into Arkansas from the famous 36,30’ latitude line. The counties of Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid and portions of Mississippi, … Continue reading

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Thinking Big on a Battlefield

After the bloody fighting ended around Pittsburg Landing on April 6, 1862, Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, recently appointed commander of the Army of the Mississippi following Albert Sidney Johnston’s death earlier that day, took stock of his army’s hard … Continue reading

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Research – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sheritta Bitikofer… Sometimes, I have a bad habit of reverse researching a person or a topic, and it tends to take me on a wild goose chase. There are times I stumble upon … Continue reading

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From The ECW Archives: Patrick Cleburne

March 16th is Patrick Cleburne’s birthday. Born in 1828, this Irishman served in the 41st Regiment of Foot in the British Army before managing to buy his way out and emigrating to the United States. He arrived in the “New … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Tramping with Mr. Resaca

The sixty-three-year-old Union general ascended the parapet and gazed through his field glasses at the scene of a bloody stalemate. A Confederate sharpshooter a few hundred yards to the east took careful upward aim and fired. The ball pierced the … Continue reading

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BookChat with Steven Woodworth and Charles Grear, editors of Vicksburg Besieged

I have been spending a lot of time lately with the latest volume in Southern Illinois University Press’s “Civil War Campaigns in the West” Series, Vicksburg Besieged, edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear (see info on the … Continue reading

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