Wilson's Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It

Overview

In the summeer of 1861, Americans were preoccupied by the question of which states would join the six session movement and which would remain loyal to the Union. This question was most fractious in this border states of Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. In Missouri, it was largely settled at Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, in a contest that is rightly considered the second major battle of the Civil War. In an in-depth narrative and analysis of this important but largely overlooked battle, William Piston and ...
See more details below
Paperback (1)
$21.16
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$24.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $12.85   
  • New (3) from $17.11   
  • Used (4) from $12.85   
Sending request ...

Overview

In the summeer of 1861, Americans were preoccupied by the question of which states would join the six session movement and which would remain loyal to the Union. This question was most fractious in this border states of Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri. In Missouri, it was largely settled at Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861, in a contest that is rightly considered the second major battle of the Civil War. In an in-depth narrative and analysis of this important but largely overlooked battle, William Piston and Richard Hatcher combine a traditional military study of the fighting with an innovative social analysis of the soldiers who participated and the communities that supported them.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An excellent study of the first significant Civil War campaign west of the Appalachians.
(Choice)"

"[A] detailed tactical study of the battle. [A] fine book.
(America's Civil War)"

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807855751
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,042,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

William Garrett Piston, professor of history at Southwest Missouri State University, is author of Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History.

Richard W. Hatcher III is historian at Fort Sumter National Monument.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Southern rights inviolate 3
2 Fan the fire of enthusiasm 24
3 Mark well the spot where they meet 44
4 The boys feel very proud of the flag 60
5 Nothing was clear cut - it was simply Missouri 76
6 Good tents and bad water 92
7 They take the rags off the Bush 106
8 Ripe for the sickle of war 122
9 The Lyon and the Whang-doodle 138
10 Wilson Creek afforded us water 151
11 Red and blistered from head to foot 164
12 I will gladly give up my life for victory 179
13 My boys stood it like heroes 192
14 A "stirring" effect on the enemy 221
15 A perfect hurricane of bullets 232
16 Come on, Caddo! 246
17 Pandemonium turned loose 262
18 Springfield is a vast hospital 287
19 To choose her own destiny 305
20 Never disgrace your town 317
Epilogue : a heritage of honor 329
Order of battle 335
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    Wilson's Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It

    This book is more about the people and politics of the era and region than it is about a battle. The actual battle is just a fraction of the story. Did you know participating in the battle were four future governors of Arkansas? One fought for the north and three for the south. Did you know that some of the southern units fought under the Stars and Stripes? They were Missouri units, and MO had not seceded from the union or joined the Confederacy. They felt they were fighting for Missouri after Gen. Lyon had 'massacred' southern sympathizers in St. Louis earlier, illegally ousted the elected MO government and Lincoln had violated the constitution - twice - by building up forces in the state without congressional approval. The book goes into a lot of detail about how units were formed in towns/counties etc. and how they were uniformed and equipped. It contains considerable detail about individual people. The authors must have done a tremendous amount of research. There are many pictures of participants and locale with credit on most of them given to the Sweeney Museum located near the Wilson's Creek Battlefield Park just outside Springfield, MO. The battle description is the hardest reading of the entire book. One almost needs a sand table to keep track of who's where. Their maps were a bit disorienting (North to the left of the page) and, I think, inconsistent, but the individual tales within the battle were interesting. A lot of personal letters and newspaper articles are quoted. Both sides won and everyone was a hero from these letters and articles. There were four Medals of Honor given. Finally the book covers units and people after the battle. The book provides a unique glimpse into a bygone era.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    Wilson's Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It

    This book is more about the people and politics of the era and region than it is about a battle. The actual battle is just a fraction of the story told here. Did you know participating in the battle were four future governors of Arkansas? One fought for the north and three for the south. Did you know that some of the southern units fought under the Stars and Stripes? They were Missouri units, and Missouri had not seceded from the union or joined the Confederacy. They felt they were fighting for Missouri after Gen. Lyon had 'massacred' southern sympathizers in St. Louis earlier, illegally ousted the elected Missouri government and Lincoln had violated the constitution - twice - by building up forces in the state without congressional approval. The book goes into much detail about how units were formed in towns/counties etc. and how they were uniformed and equipped. It contains considerable detail about individual people. The authors must have done a tremendous amount of research. There are many pictures of participants and locale with credit on most of them given to the Sweeney Museum located near the Wilson's Creek Battlefield Park just outside Springfield, MO. The battle description is the hardest reading of the entire book. One almost needs a sand table to keep track of who's where. The maps were a bit disorienting (North to the left of the page) and, I think, inconsistent, but the individual tales within the battle were interesting. A lot of personal letters and newspaper articles are quoted. Both sides won and everyone was a hero from these letters and articles. There were four Medals of Honor given. Finally the book covers units and people after the battle. The book provides a unique glimpse into a bygone era.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)