Civil War Springfield

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During the Civil War, Springfield was a frontier community of about 1,500 people, but it was the largest and most important place in southwest Missouri. The Northern and Southern armies vied throughout the early part of the war to occupy its strategic position. The Federal defeat at Wilson's Creek in August 1861 gave the Southern forces possession, but Zagonyi's charge two and a half months later returned Springfield to the Union. The Confederacy came back near Christmas of 1861 before being ousted again in ...

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During the Civil War, Springfield was a frontier community of about 1,500 people, but it was the largest and most important place in southwest Missouri. The Northern and Southern armies vied throughout the early part of the war to occupy its strategic position. The Federal defeat at Wilson's Creek in August 1861 gave the Southern forces possession, but Zagonyi's charge two and a half months later returned Springfield to the Union. The Confederacy came back near Christmas of 1861 before being ousted again in February 1862. Marmaduke's defeat at the Battle of Springfield in January 1863 ended the contest, placing the Union firmly in control, but Springfield continued to pulse with activity throughout the war. Historian Larry Wood chronicles this epic story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493080
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,400,174

Meet the Author

Larry Wood is a retired public school teacher and a freelance writer. His historical articles have appeared in numerous publications, including America's Civil War, Blue and Gray magazine, Missouri Life, Missouri Historical Review, the Ozarks Mountaineer, True West and Wild West. Among his previous books are The Two Civil War Battles of Newtonia and Wicked Joplin. A native of Fair Grove, Wood received his BA and MA degrees from Missouri State University and now lives in Joplin with his wife, Gigi.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Prewar Years: Kansas Bleeds into Southwest Missouri 11

Chapter 2 The Guns of Fort Sumter Echo in Springfield 19

Chapter 3 The Yankee Dutch Come to Town 28

Chapter 4 Wilson's Creek: A Perfect Panic 38

Chapter 5 The Confederates Take Over the Town 46

Chapter 6 Zagonyi's Charge 55

Chapter 7 The Federals Reoccupy Springfield 69

Chapter 8 The Rebels Move Back In 78

Chapter 9 The Union Takes Over Again 82

Chapter 10 Marmaduke's Invasion of Missouri 97

Chapter 11 The Batde of Springfield 105

Chapter 12 The Second Half of the War 118

Chapter 13 The Aftermath of the War 133

Chapter 14 Postwar Commemoration 138

Bibliography 145

Index 153

About the Author 157

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