The Hodgepodge of Armaments of the Missouri State Guard

“Our men were generally armed with the old Springfield rifle, while the Confederates had in many instances only shotguns. Most of our wounded were disabled by buckshot or buck-and-ball. Some of the Confederates used old double-barreled guns,” remembered Major John Halderman of the First Kansas Infantry. He was not writing about just any Trans-Mississippi Confederate … More The Hodgepodge of Armaments of the Missouri State Guard

Sherman’s Visit to the Wilson’s Creek Battlefield in 1885

This article was originally posted on the Emerging Civil War blog on September 5, 2018, written by Kristen M. Pawlak.  Ever since the guns were silenced in the spring of 1865, veterans and civilians alike trek the battlefields of the Civil War to inspire them and understand the carnage and sacrifice that occurred on those … More Sherman’s Visit to the Wilson’s Creek Battlefield in 1885

“Missouri Must Now Take Her Position”

Three days following the Confederate victory at Wilson’s Creek, Brig. Gen. Ben McCulloch wrote to the people of Missouri, urging them to act. Because McCulloch and his Western Army of Arkansans and Texans returned to the Indian Territory following the battle, the Texas Confederate leader has not been held in high regard and is frequently … More “Missouri Must Now Take Her Position”

Thomas L. Snead Writes About Memory of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1874

In Missouri’s Civil War history, Thomas L. Snead was at the forefront of the state’s secession crisis, its opening campaigns in 1861, and its relationship with the Confederate government. A native of Virginia, Snead studied law and worked in journalism in St. Louis in the years leading up to the war. His loyalty to Governor … More Thomas L. Snead Writes About Memory of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1874

“It Looked Awful”: The Western Turner Rifles’ Visit to Wilson’s Creek

Just three months after fighting raged across the fields near Wilson’s Creek, 40,000 men sent by Major General John C. Fremont were sent toward Springfield, Missouri to regain the initiative against the Missouri State Guard, who were victorious at Wilson’s Creek and Lexington. On November 11, the men of the 17th Missouri Infantry (“The Western … More “It Looked Awful”: The Western Turner Rifles’ Visit to Wilson’s Creek