The Battle of Carthage: Border War in Southwest Missouri, July 5, 1861

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"The first major land engagement of the CivilWar has finally been rescued from obscurity. Authors Hinze and Farnham have painstakingly reconstructed the important Battle of Carthage and the 1861 Missouri Campaign in fascinating detail."
—Jeff Patrick, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

The battle of Carthage, Missouri, was fought more than two weeks before First Bull Run and was the culmination of the first major land campaign of the Civil War. The fight began with Federal officer Nathaniel Lyon's capture of the...

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"The first major land engagement of the CivilWar has finally been rescued from obscurity. Authors Hinze and Farnham have painstakingly reconstructed the important Battle of Carthage and the 1861 Missouri Campaign in fascinating detail."
—Jeff Patrick, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

The battle of Carthage, Missouri, was fought more than two weeks before First Bull Run and was the culmination of the first major land campaign of the Civil War. The fight began with Federal officer Nathaniel Lyon's capture of the ammunition-packed St. Louis Arsenal. Gov. Claiborne F. Jackson unleashed the call for war and hastily formed militia units to defeat the Federals. In a bold campaign designed to destroy the vaunted state guard, Lyon and Federal Col. Franz Sigel launched a two-pronged attack. Ten miles north of the small town of Carthage, Jackson met Sigel and heavily outnumbered the Federal colonel's force. Sigel was forced to improvise a series of remarkable rearguard actions designed to save his supply wagons and his army.

The Battle of Carthage is the first book devoted to this influential, early war battle. The book features detailed tactical coverage of the battle and in-depth biographical sketches, with critical evaluations of both sides' major participants. The authors' exhaustive battle analysis contains new interpretations of how and why the fighting evolved. This story of the battle of Carthage includes comprehensive original maps, photos and illustrations, a detailed discussion of casualties, explanatory endnotes, an order of battle, and an interview with coauthor David C. Hinze.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589802230
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. Hinze taught high-school history in Rolla, Missouri, and regularly led tours across the country for the Civil War Education Association.

Karen Farnham attended college in Rolla at the University of Missouri. This is their first book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction i
Chapter 1 Discontent 1
Chapter 2 The Germans 10
Chapter 3 Boonville 37
Chapter 4 Advance 52
Chapter 5 Unification 67
Chapter 6 Sigel's March 91
Chapter 7 First Blood 106
Chapter 8 Dry Fork Creek 143
Chapter 9 Retreat 163
Chapter 10 The Wake 202
Postscript 215
Order of Battle 221
Self-Guided Tour of The Battle of Carthage 227
Notes 244
Bibliography 281
Index 291
Author Interview 301
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