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March 8, 1862: Battle of Pea Ridge

Samuel R. Curtis Gen. Curtis and Gen.Franz Sigel had chased confederate troops under Sterling Price out of Missouri into northwest Arkansas, and were determined to pursue them and neutralize them as a fighting force. They moved into Arkansas, where Price … Continue reading

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December 11, 1861: Rumors of a new Confederate commander in Missouri

“Harry” Heth Col. Harry Heth was a favorite of Jefferson Davis’, and when McCulloch and Price had trouble getting along in the Western theater, it was suggested that Heth could be promoted over them to provide some oversight. As the … Continue reading

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November 14, 1861: Arkansas sees refugees

As the war in Missouri turned against McCulloch’s confederate troops, secessionist Missourians fled. Western Missouri would spend most of the war years in a state of anarchy, with roving bands of unregulated Northern and Southern sympathizers terrorizing the countryside. [LITTLE … Continue reading

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September 28, 1861: Preparing to defend Jefferson City

Benjamin McCulloch After the surrender of Lexington, the Union forces in Missouri were keenly aware of the vulnerability of the state Capitol at Jefferson City. They had to prepare to repel the Confederate forces under Price and McCulloch. From the … Continue reading

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August 10, 1861: Nathaniel Lyon killed at Wilson’s Creek

View Larger Map Nathaniel Lyon and Franz Sigel had assembled their troops in Springfield, MO, and Confederate forces under McCulloch and Price were advancing on the town. On the 9th of August, 1861, the Confederates were camped southwest of Springfield … Continue reading

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June 29, 1861: Missouri has been crushed

Confederate General Ben McCulloch was very pessimistic about the state of affairs in Missouri. Federal troop strength was growing, and the secessionist governor on the run. Much like his counterpart on the other side, he needed troops and arms. From … Continue reading

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June 26, 1861: Plans to invade Missouri or Kansas

Benjamin McCulloch The Confederacy encouraged McCulloch to act in Missouri, if necessary via Kansas. With fugitive governor Jackson fleeing toward the southwest corner of Missouri, support from Arkansas was becoming a more urgent necessity if there was to be any … Continue reading

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June 25, 1861: The situation in Missouri

Frank Blair The New York Times’ Missouri correspondent “Index” wired a detailed analysis of the Missouri situation: ST. LOUIS, Mo., Tuesday, June 25, 1861. If there has been any doubt lingering in the minds of the people of other States, … Continue reading

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June 23, 1861: Creek Indians are divided

Benjamin McCulloch General McCulloch was charged with command over the Indian Territory for the Confederacy, and he had to act as a diplomat to a large number of independent nations. Sometimes a single tribe constituted more than one, as this … Continue reading

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June 22, 1861: Chief Ross plays a deep game

John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee John Ross, it appears, was doing a very good job of playing both sides against each other. The Unionists thought he was Union; the Confederate general McCulloch, as evidenced by his dispatch below, was … Continue reading

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