Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi, vol. 1
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Tennessee Press
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Not so maNy years ago the area west of the mississippi river was widely regarded as a backwater of the American Civil War, a place where nothing happened, or at least nothing worth writing about. All eyes remained firmly if myopically fixed on the inconclusive struggle in Virginia. Fortunately, in recent decades a major correction in our understanding of the Civil War has ...
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...iN Civil war historiography, the traNs-mississippi regioN has beeN the most neglected of the geographical regions of that conflict. This lack of attention resulted in part from the attitudes of the opposing governments during the war. Professor Alvin Josephy put it succinctly: âThroughout the Civil War, the military campaigns in the West were generally viewed by both Washing-...
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...with the exCeptioN of the battle of bislaNd aNd limited aCtivities assoCiated with the Confederate occupation of Port Hudson, my research has been fo-cused east of the Mississippi River. It was my friend Art Bergeron, whose expertise in the Trans-Mississippi far exceeded mine, who convinced me that this area needed a fresh look. Art and I met at Louisiana State University ...
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...iN the late spriNg of 1866, thomas C. hiNdmaN Jr., late maJor geNeral iN the Rebel army and in self-imposed exile in Mexico, received a copy of a new book, War of the Rebellion, written by his longtime political enemy Henry S. Foote, ex-house member of the now-defunct Confederate Congress. Foote, in a vicious attack, accused Hindman of many outrages during the latterâs brief ...
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...iN the midst of the Civil war, CoNfederate presideNt JeffersoN davis offered an observation on generalship to Governor Harris Flanagin of Arkansas. Davis wrote that âit oftentimes happens that officers who had never previ-ously exercised high command are called upon to bear great responsibili-ties and to hold complicated and important trusts.â This observation cer-...
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...iN early 1863, the CoNfederate war departmeNt promoted thirty-eight-year-old Lieutenant General Edmund Kirby Smith to command of the Trans-Mississippi Department. For Kirby Smith, a Floridian and a West Pointer with extensive service in the antebellum army, the assignment to depart-ment command came as a mixed blessing. As a Confederate brigadier, Kirby ...
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...as with most traNs-mississippi CoNfederate geNerals, the life aNd war reCord of Mosby Monroe Parsons has largely gone unnoticed by historians. Such an oversight is regrettable, for in the pantheon of Southern generals who served west of the Mississippi River, few can match Parsonsâs passion for Southern independence, his length of service, the number of major engagements he ...
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...history ofteN seeks out the Colorful figure iN prefereNCe to the relatively drab one. This seems especially true about Civil War history. Books prolifer-ate on cavalry commanders such as George A. Custer, with his long yellow hair, and James E. B. Stuart, with his plumed hat. In Virginia, John Singleton Mosby, who led dashing raids and hair breath escapes into the woods, over-...
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Churchillâs career as a Confederate general in a single sentence: âA worthy, gallant gentleman, General Churchill, but not fortunate in war.â1Thomas James Churchill was born on March 10, 1824, to Samuel and Abby Churchill on their farm near Louisville, Kentucky. He and his four brothers and two sisters attended public schools, with Thomas receiving ...
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...the red river CampaigN was arguably the ClimaCtiC CoNfroNtatioN betweeN Confederate and Union forces west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War. And three crucial days in April 1864, for all intents and purposes, de-termined the outcome of the campaign. Thomas Green of Texas was a bril-liant cavalry commander and a reliable and aggressive combat officer. From ...
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...few Civil war Cavalry CommaNders rivaled Joseph orville shelby. aN expert at hit-and-run tactics and adept at covering a retreating army, Shelby dis-played charm, tenacity, and fighting ability. Most often compared to his childhood friend John Hunt Morgan because both made slashing raids into Union-occupied, border-state territory, historians have called Shelby a ...
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The Western Theater in the Civil War
Series Editor Byline: Gary D. Joiner, Series Editor