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New Tour added to thCivilWarMuse.com

A new tour for Quantrill's 1863 Lawrence Raid has been added to theMuse's companion website http://www.thecivilwarmuse.com/

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New Book: Battle of Westport Walking Tour

Trans-Mississippi Musings Press is pleased to announce a new book, Battle of Westport, October 23, 1864: A Walking Tour of the Battlefield South of Brush Creek in Kansas City, Missouri, written by yours truly, Dick Titterington, aka theCivilWarMuse.

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Trail Maintenance Out on the Big Blue Battlefield

It's fall and that means theCivilWarMuse is going to be out on the battlefield maintaining trails and improving the walking tour by adding signs to the trails.

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New book just released by Trans-Mississippi Musings Press

Available immediately on Amazon: Trans-Mississippi Musings Press releases a new book, Quantrill’s Revenge: A Comprehensive Tour Guide to William C. Quantrill’s Raid of Lawrence, Kansas.

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My 96 Years in the Great West by George W. E. Griffith

In his memoir, George Griffith describes his time in Kansas during the 1850s.

 

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The Battle of Marmaton River (Charlot's Farm)

Apparently historians disagree as to where the Battle of Marmaton River (Charlot's Farm) took place on October 25, 1864.

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Big Blue Battlefield Walking Tour Impacted by Extension of the Blue River Trail

The City of Kansas City is extending the Blue River Trail system north from Swope Park. A newly completed portion of this hiking/biking trail runs through the Big Blue Battlefield Park between the Blue River and Hardesty Avenue.

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Available Immediately: A New Book from Trans-Mississippi Musings Press

Trans-Mississippi Musings Press is pleased to announce a new book, The Story of a Cavalryman: The Civil War Memoirs of Bvt. Brig. Gen. Edward F. Winslow, 4th Iowa Cavalry.

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Chris Edwards's "Blood on the Border"

 Kansas Citian Chris Edwards is working on a new project called "Blood on the Border." 

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Researching your Civil War Ancestors

Find out how to track down information about your Civil War Ancestors by reading this great series from the Emerging Civil War Blog.

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Battle of Westport: Map of the Battlefield

theCivilWarMuse is is collaborating with the Battle of Westport Museum to produce a large scale map showing the large area over which the Battle of Westport was fought.

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Veteran Volunteers

Veteran Volunteer service chevron for the US Cavalry was a yellow stripe bordered with red.Both William F. Scott and Edward F. Winslow mustered into the 4th Iowa Cavalry in 1861. In 1863, both reenlisted as Veteran Volunteers. In their respective memoirs, Scott and Winslow made a point of emphasizing their belief the veteran volunteer reenlistments were a critical component to the success of their campaigns in 1864 and 1865.

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New Book Coming: The Civil War Memoirs of Edward F. Winslow, 4th Iowa Cavalry

Trans-Mississippi Musings Press is pleased to announce the coming publication (1Q 2016) of The Story of a Cavalryman: The Civil War Memoirs of Edward F. Winslow, 4th Iowa Cavalry.

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An Instrument of Torture among Missouri Slaveholders

In January 1862, Sgt. Charles O. Dewey, Dodge's Battery, 4th Iowa Infantry submitted a sketch of an instrument used by the secession slave-masters of Missouri to punish their Negroes.

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Who was in command of the Third Division in the Right Wing, 16th Army Corp?

I think a number of authors have misidentified the commander of the Third Division, Right Wing, 16th Army Corps during Price's 1864 Missouri Raid. Here's my evidence.

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Six Civil War Must Read Books

 I recently came across a list of books recommended by James M. Mcpherson when he appeared on The Diane Rehm Show promoting his latest book, "The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters."

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Self-guided Tour: Loose Park

Downloadable tour guide is now available for the Battle of Westport near Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Self-guided Tour: Big Blue Battlefield

Downloadable tour guides are now available for the Big Blue Battlefield at Byram's ford in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Self-Guided Big Blue Battlefield Walking Tour

theCivilWarMuse is collaborating with the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund to restore portions of the Big Blue Battlefield and create a self-guided walking tour of the Big Blue Battlefield.

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Dee's Battalion Trail clearing completed in Big Blue Battlefield Park

I recently completed the brush clearing and marking for the Dee's Battalion Trail in the Big Blue Battlefield Park in Kansas City, Missouri and wanted to post some photos.

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Books about Kansas City History

A few days ago, the radio show Central Standard, produced by local NPR affiliate, KCUR, invited local historian Monroe Dodd and KCPL Missouri Valley Special Collections manager Eli Paul to discuss their top twenty list of books about the history of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Clearing and restoration continues on Historic Byram's Ford Road

I spent a couple of hours on Christmas day and "finished" clearing the brush from the Historic Byram's Ford Road located just east of Hardesty Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. There is still a little bit of brush to clear at either end of this stretch of the road, but in total is less than 30 minutes of effort.

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Christmas in the Third Louisiana Infantry

Christmas Dinner on the Picket LineDuring the holiday season times were lonely on the picket line.

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More Brush Clearing on Historic Byram's Ford Road

In Kansas City on the Big Blue Battlefield Park, we are continuing our work to clear brush from the Historic Byram's Ford Road.

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Brigadier General William L. Cabell's "official report" from Price's 1864 Missouri Expedition

During Sterling Price's 1864 expedition into Missouri, Brigadier General William L. Cabell, commanding Cabell's Brigade, was captured by Federal troops during the Battle of Mine Creek on October 25, 1864. Never having written an official report, Cabell was encouraged by his fellow veterans to write a report describing the exploits of Cabell's Brigade during the 1864 expedition. Cabell published that report in January, 1900.

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Major Abial R. Pierce's Official Report from Price's Expedition

During Sterling Price's 1864 expedition into Missouri, Major Abial R. Pierce was in command of the Fourth Iowa Cavalry. His official report did not make it into Volume 41 of the US War Department's Official Records. Pierce and the Fourth Iowa Cavalry were a key factor in the Federal victory at the Battle of Mine Creek on October 25, 1864.

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Photos of Battle of Westport sites

Last week a friend of mine and I went out on a field trip around the battlefield sites for the Battle of Westport which took place from October 21 to 23, 1864. This is just a post of some of the photographs I took.

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Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

This 100 volume set is supplemental to the "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies" This blog post contains an annotated livst of the volumes.

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New book about A J Smith and Price's Raid

Trans-Mississippi Musings Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Dick Titterington, theCivilWarMuse.

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1864 West Mississippi Tug of War

A. J. SmithIn the summer of 1864, two senior Union commanders were engaged in a tug-of-war over the services of Major General A. J. Smith.

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Sterling Price’s 1864 Missouri Cavalry Raid

After deliberations within the Confederacy hierarchy, Sterling Price received orders in the summer of 1864 to organize a cavalry raid into the state of Missouri.

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Grant Mulls Removal of Rosecrans during Price’s 1864 Missouri Raid

Ulysses S. GrantIn the fall of 1864 during the cavalry raid into Missouri by Confederate Major General Sterling, Price, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant was concerned about the performance by the Federal commander in Missouri, Major General William S. Rosecrans and considered replacing Rosecrans during the raid.

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Announcing Trans-Mississippi Musings Classics, Volume 4: The Story of a Cavalry Regiment by William Forse Scott

William Forse ScottThe Civil War Classics series from Trans-Mississippi Musings brings the best of the works by authors who were present during the American Civil War in those states and territories west of the Mississippi River. These are public domain works, which I have reformatted as eBooks. This is the history of a northern regiment from Iowa: The Story of a Cavalry Regiment: The Career of the Fourth Iowa Veteran Volunteers from Kansas to Georgia 1861-1865 published in 1866 by William Forse Scott. 

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Major General Andrew Jackson Smith

Major General A. J. SmithMajor General Andrew Jackson Smith was not supposed to be in Missouri chasing after Confederate General Sterling Price. Smith commanded the Right Wing of the 16th Army Corps, two veteran infantry divisions from the renowned Army of the Tennessee. He was supposed to be headed east with his command to join up with Major General William T. Sherman.

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theCivilWarMuse has been keeping busy ...

Okay, you already know about my work clearing trails at the Big Blue Battle field, but theCivilWarMuse has been working hard on lots of other projects. I thought I would write up a summary of what I have been working on.

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Big Blue Battlefield trail clearing proceeding well ...

theCivilWarMuse has been making some good progress on clearing the overgrown walking trails on the Big Blue Battlefield in Kansas City, Missouri. I thought I would post some pictures of the progress.

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Big Blue Battlefield Tour

Byram's Ford at Big Blue BattlefieldOver the next several weeks, theMuse will be clearing walking trails at the Big Blue Battlefield in Kansas City, Missouri. Then we will publish an updated Big Blue Battlefield Walking Tour on the Battle of Westport and theCivilWarMuse websites. 

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Sterling Price Returns - new book by theMuse now available

Cover image for Sterling Price ReturnsThe Civil War Muse has just published Volume 3 of Trans-Mississippi Musings, "Sterling Price Returns: The Southern Counteroffensive to Retake Missouri in 1861"

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Missouri Civil War Museum

Missouri Civil War Museum building taken in Spring 2011.Well, I finally returned to St. Louis and so was able to visit the Missouri Civil War Museum. It’s amazing what Executive Director Mark L. Trout and what I am sure is a plethora of volunteers have accomplished. The restored Jefferson Barracks Post Exchange and Gymnasium Building looks beautiful, and the museum is just another great reason to visit St. Louis. 

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Yet Another New book from Trans-Mississippi Musings Classics

William H. TunnardThe Civil War Classics series from Trans-Mississippi Musings brings the best of the works by authors who were present during the American Civil War in those states and territories west of the Mississippi River. These are public domain works, which I have reformatted as eBooks. One of the best regimental histories available is A Southern Record: The History of the Third Regiment Louisiana Infantry published in 1866 by William H. Tunnard. 

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Christmas Season in the Third Louisiana Regiment

Sergeant Will Tunnard, Company K, Third Louisiana Volunteer Infantry RegimentSergeant Will Tunnard, Company K, Third Louisiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, had fought at the Battle of Oak Hills (Wilson’s Creek) in August 1861. By winter, McCulloch had withdrawn to northern Arkansas, and his brigade had gone into winter quarters at Cross Hollow, about seven miles southeast of Bentonville, Arkansas.

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New book from Trans-Mississippi Musings Classics

Cavalry Charge by Edwin Forbes (Library of Congress)The Civil War Classics series from Trans-Mississippi Musings brings the best of the works by authors who were present during the American Civil War in those states and territories west of the Mississippi River. These are public domain works, which I have reformatted as eBooks. For the second volume in this series, I have chosen Shelby and His Men or, The War in the West (Trans-Mississippi Musings Classics) by John Newman Edwards.

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Price’s 1864 Missouri Raid – Mockbee Farm – October 22, 1864

Mockbee Farm Historical Marker [photo by theMuse]From historical marker located just north of the intersection of Holmes Road and East 79th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Thomas Mockbee Farmhouse stood here. On October 22, 1864, after the Confederates had forced a crossing of the Big Blue to the east 300 men of the 2nd Kansas Militia were north of the farmhouse where they formed a line facing north. Jackman's Brigade with Gordon's Regiment of Shelby's Division made several mounted charges and finally overran the Union position. Union losses were 30 killed; 50 wounded; 102 captured including a 24-Pound Howitzer. Jackman also lost heavily in this fight.

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Price’s 1864 Missouri Raid – Byram’s Ford – October 22, 1864

On October 22, 1864, Confederate forces under the command of Brigadier General Jo Shelby [WICR 31493 in the collection of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Image courtesy of the National Park Service] forced a crossing of the Big Blue River at Byram’s Ford on the Independence-Westport road. Defending the ford was a brigade of Federal Volunteers under the command of Colonel Charles R. Jennison. This engagement is also referred to as the Battle of the Big Blue.

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Price’s 1864 Missouri Raid – Little Blue River – October 21, 1864

Major General John S. MarmadukeOn October 21, 1864, two brigades of Kansas Volunteer Cavalry held off a much larger Confederate force under the command of Major General John S. Marmaduke. When Marmaduke was reinforced by Brigadier General Jo Shelby, the Federals wee forced to wihdraw west to Independence.

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New Book - Border State Contest

Border State Contest book coverA new book by theCivilWarMuse (Dick Titterington) entitled Border State Contest: Civil War Comes to Missouri in 1861 (Trans-Mississippi Musings) (Volume 2)  is now available in the Amazon book store.

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Civil War Classics from Trans-Mississippi Musings

I've started the Civil War Classics series from Trans-Mississippi Musings bringing the best of the works by authors who were present during the American Civil War in those states and territories west of the Mississippi River. These are public domain works, which I have reformatted as eBooks.

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The Battle of Pilot Knob (Fort Davidson)

Major-General Sterling PriceOn September 26, 1864, Confederate Major-General Sterling Price entered the Arcadia Valley to begin his movement against the Federal garrison in Fort Davidson located near the town of Pilot Knob, Missouri. 

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Sterling Price Invades Missouri

Major-General Sterling PriceOn September 19, 1864, Confederate Major-General Sterling Price crossed into Missouri from Arkansas with an army of 12,000 cavalrymen. His objective was the capture of the great western city of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Sterling Price's Army of Missouri

On September 18, 1864 from his headquarters in Camp No. 20 at Pocahontas, Arkansas, Confederate Major-General Sterling Price issued General Orders, No. 8 organizing the Army of Missouri. In this order Price also issued the marching orders for the invasion of Missouri.

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Timely Civil War Exhibits in Kansas City, Missouri

An exhibit entitled “Guerrillas in our Midst” is currently on display in downtown Kansas City, Missouri at the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library.

An exhibit entitled “Order No. 11: Martial Law on the Missouri Border” is currently on display at The Box Gallery in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on the first floor of the Commerce Bank Building. 

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Six Civilians Murdered in Lone Jack

Six Man CemeteryOne of the many tragic incidents results from Order Number 11 occurred 150 years ago today. More than half of the Federal cavalry that Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. had under his command in the District of the Border were Kansas volunteers. Ewing assigned to many of these Kansas troops the responsibility of enforcing the evacuation by Missourians of their homes required by Order Number 11. In Lone Jack, Missouri six civilians were executed on September 6, 1863. There is a monument in Lone Jack where five of the dead are buried.

 

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The Pacific House and Order Number 11 Historical Marker

If you happen to be in Kansas City, you can visit the location where Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. signed General Orders, No. 11. The Pacific House still exists and there is a historical marker located just across the street.

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District of the Border General Orders, No. 11

Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr.In response to Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, The Federal commander of the District of the Border, Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. issued General Orders, No. 11 on August 25, 1863. It’s main provision was to order the citizens of Jackson, Cass, Bates and part of Vernon Counties in Missouri to leave their homes within 15 days.

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Federal Response to Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence

William C. QuantrillFederal cavalry in Kansas and Missouri knew that something was up, but seemed unable to respond quickly enough to prevent he guerrilla raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

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150 Years Ago – Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence

On August 21, 1863 William C. Quantrill led around 400 Missouri guerrillas across the border into Kansas to punish the symbolic capital of abolitionists in Kansas.

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Prologue to Order Number 11

Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr.There were actually two other orders that came before Order Number 11. Logically, they were General Orders, No. 9 and General Orders, No. 10 issued by Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. in the District of the Border. The implementation of Order Number 10 led to the infamous collapse of the Union Prison building in which a number of women relatives of well-known Missouri guerrillas were either killed or severely injured. 

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“Blood & Ashes,” Order Number 11 Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. (Library of Congress)August 25, 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of the day that Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. issued General Orders, No. 11 in the District of the Border from his headquarters at the Pacific House on Delaware Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Blood & Ashes”, a series of commemorative events observing the 150th anniversary of General Order #11 is produced by the Jackson County Historical Society in cooperation with The Wornall/Majors House Museums, Wide Awake Films, The Rice-Tremonti Home, and Wine Walk on Delaware.

For More info, go to the Blood & Ashes website 

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New Book: Trans-Mississippi Musings Volume 2 by Dick Titterington coming later this summer!

Book Cover for Trans-Mississippi Musings Volume 2 I've just completed the first draft of my next book in the Trans-Mississippi Musings series on the American Civil War.

It’s 1860 in the State of Missouri. When all the votes are counted, three men have been elected that will change the state forever. Claiborne Fox Jackson becomes the state’s Governor. Francis Preston Blair, Jr. is re-elected to represent Missouri’s First District in the United States House of Representatives. And Abraham Lincoln becomes the nation’s 12th President of the United States ... 

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Civil War Class by theMuse

A Civil War class, Price's 1864 Missouri Raid, is being offered by theCivilWarMuse through SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge). The class begins September 24, 2013 and runs for six weeks through the end of October.

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Lyon leaves Boonville for Springfield

Brigadier-General Nathaniel LyonIt's July 3, 1861 in Boonville Missouri. After his quick, decisive action in the days before the Battle of Boonville, Brigadier-General Nathaniel Lyon was finding it more difficult to head south and chase after the retreating Missouri State Guard. His forces had grown to 2,400 after being joined in Boonville by the First Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The logistics of marching from Boonville to Springfield was creating problems for Lyon. He needed to requisition supplies and the wagons to get the supplies to Springfield.

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