"Indian War and Civil War on the Western Frontier: The Indian War Of 1864 And The Lyon Campaign in Missouri in 1861" (2 Volumes In 1) by Eugene F. Ware, is a eyewitness account of the Indian War & 1st Civil War campaign on the Western Frontier.
Eugene Ware (1841-1911) was a soldier, journalist, historian, poet, and pioneer. He enlisted in April 1861, in the, First Iowa Volunteer Infantry; then re-enlisted in the Fourth Iowa Cavalry & was mustered out as captain, in June 1866.
Much of his 5 years in the military was spent in Sioux country, fighting in Indian Wars, during which Ware was badly wounded while on duty.
Volume 1 is his exciting eyewitness account of the Indian War: "The Indian War of 1864." He portrays the harrowing life of the US cavalry on the frontier. The Indians used the strife, with the Confederacy's encouragement, to try to stop white settlement on their ancestral hunting grounds. The Indians could still hold their own militarily since the repeating rifle, would not become common until about 1870 & military supply was confined to ox-drawn wagons; the Transcontinental Railroad would no be completed until 1869. His account of this struggle, the Indian way of life, & the overwhelming Western emigrant flow illustrates the impeding doom of the various Plains Indian cultures.
In Volume 2: "The Lyon Campaign In Missouri In 1861," Ware gives the history of the First Iowa Infantry, a three month regiment raised to put down the rebellion in Missouri, a border slave state, which controlled important points on the Mississippi River like St Louis.
Quick action by General Nathaniel Lyon kept its pro-South government from seizing Missouri's important cities, but the new Confederate States government sent troops under Generals McCullough & Price to assist pro-slavery local Missouri forces. Lyon mounted the campaign described in Ware's book, culminating in the battle at Wilson Creek. Lyon was killed in the battle & the Confederate forces held the field, but were so weakened & disorganized they were unable to follow up the victory.
Two important Civil War histories seen through the eyes of a 1st hand eyewitness, in one inexpensive ebook.
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