Civil war in the west

Topically, the series embraces all aspects of the wartime story. The Battle of Glorieta Pass was fought on Marchas reinforcements from California arrived. The most important of these concerns the Union campaigns along the Mississippi herself.

civil war in the far west

On May 18,at the battle of Yellow Bayou, Wier led his regiment in a charge upon the Union army, where he was killed. Army Maj. They needed to be sure that the West was firmly in Union hands.

Civil war in the west

Beauregard had arrived from the East to report to Johnston in February, and he commanded all Confederate forces between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, which effectively divided the unity of command so that Johnston controlled only a small force at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Books A. True, there were fewer soldiers involved in these campaigns than in the East. In spite of the American flag and a white flag flying over the camp, the troops attacked, killing and mutilating about of the Indians, two-thirds of whom were women and children. Because of the previous neutrality of Kentucky, the Confederates could not build river defenses at a more strategic location inside the state, so they settled for a site just inside the border of Tennessee. During the Civil War, there was still a huge influx of miners and settlers to the region , hoping to get lucky in the new found gold fields of Oregon. One reason for his success was that the strong Union forces to the north of him were preoccupied with fighting the guerrilla war that ravaged Missouri and parts of Kansas. This realistic look at military life on the frontier, in an era when half the enlisted men were illiterate, William Bushnell brings an educated humor to an otherwise bleak existence. The Confederate forces were based at Springfield in the south west corner of Missouri.

Pea Ridge protected Missouri from any serious Confederate invasion. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg. Summer, Some of his subordinates had urged him to fight on, but he could see just how pointless that would be.

McClernanddriving McClernand's division back but not creating the opening they needed to slip away. General Sterling Price had 7, Missourians at Springfield. Part of Halleck's reason for this was that Lincoln desired to capture eastern Tennessee and protect the Unionists in the region.

Van Dorn and Price were soon pulled back across the Mississippi in an attempt to help defend Tennessee.

Western theater

Unlike news published from the eastern theater, there was a time lag between events and reportage in the West: the lack of telegraph wires beyond the th meridian and the disruptions of railroad travel caused by wartime events meant that easterners typically heard about engagements in the West long after they were over. On 7 June a French army occupied Mexico City. Along the western bank of the Mississippi were a series of border states, from Minnesota in the north to Louisiana in the south, which with Texas contained the bulk of the trans-Mississippi population. The most important of these concerns the Union campaigns along the Mississippi herself. They were only able to pass them after the South seceded and their representatives had resigned. At last count this site had over links to Civil War information. They needed to be sure that the West was firmly in Union hands. Johnston moved his force to concentrate with Beauregard's by late March. Part of Halleck's reason for this was that Lincoln desired to capture eastern Tennessee and protect the Unionists in the region. His first priority was to cooperate in the clearance of the Mississippi. During the first year of the War Between the States, the Confederate States Army was the primary defense of the white population of what is now the States of Arizona and New Mexico against the depredations of the dreaded Apache Indians. John Pope defeated Beauregard's isolated force at Island Number 10 , opening the river almost as far south as Memphis. Units also built roads throughout Oregon and engaged in lengthy and often fruitless explorations searching for elusive Native Americans.
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War in the West