War on the Frontier : The Trans - Mississippi West

War on the Frontier : The Trans - Mississippi West

Time-Life Books

Language: English

Pages: 184


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Time-Life Civil War Series 23 of 27

In this volume of the Civil War series we look at the battles in the West, a largely forgotten theater of the Civil War. The territories of New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, the Indian Territories, Colorado and Dakota, as well as the states of Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. While neither side would provide anything close to the numbers of troops seen in the East there would be a long march up and down the Rio Grande in New Mexico, Guerilla raids on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri, Indian fighting in the Dakotas and a campaign up the Red River.

1861: The Civil War Awakening















"In twenty minutes our line was just crumbling everywhere and falling back," General Lee ed. When Walker's Texans captured three later report- Union guns and turned them on Landram's men, the Federal withdrawal became a rout. A half mile to the rear, dier General 1 ,300 men of Briga- Robert A. Cameron's 3rd Divi- had come up and established a line in the woods. Landram's beaten regiments fled sion through it, and in about an hour that too, collapsed before Taylor's superior

Smith, who would oppose the Federal advance. "He will probably push on Missouri River. Giving up on Thayer, Steele On which was known even to the Confederates. "Steele is bold had withdrawn what to to do, Steele Grand Ecore. Uncertain remained at Camden — where, on April 23, matters grew worse. The abatis, extending across a constricted area Confederate cavalry was threatening his sup- between ply depots and line of communications to Rock. Moreover, Churchill's and Par-

once. The famished Indians seethed with re- sentment, and on August 4 some of them stormed the warehouse at the more northerly of the two government posts, the Agency, looting sacks of restored only when the flour. Upper Order was commander of the infantry detachment overseeing the distribution persuaded the stubborn Galbraith to is- some provisions and annuity goods. Little Crow, who was present at the alter- sue cation, asked Galbraith to make a similar preliminary

Schell, Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. 50: Courtesy Chris Nelson. 52: National Archives Neg. No. lll-B-2780. 53: Drawing by C.E.H. Bonwill, Prints and Picture Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, copied by Arthur Soil. 55: Alabama ety, From Battles of the Civil War, 1861-1865: The Complete Kurz& Allison Pnnts, published by Oxmoor House, BirmingCover: ham, Ala., 1976. 2, 3: Map by Peter McGinn. 8,9: Painting by William T. Ranney, courtesy

was, Sibley broken by sandy ridges and ravines slowed his advance and prevented his stampede Sibley's beef herd and deprive the Confederates of their steaks-on-the-hoof, companions decided Fort Craig was too strong to assault Graydon and head on. Instead, he chose to cross to the of howitzer shells to the backs of a pair of east bank of the fordable Rio Grande and by- elderly several tied boxes mules and led the animals across the pass the fort, then recross the river six miles

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