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Wilson's Creek [electronic resource] : the second battle of the Civil War and the men who fought it /
William Garrett Piston & Richard W. Hatcher III.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2000.
description
xix, 408 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0807825158 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2000.
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0807825158 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8532089
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-397) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard W. Hatcher III is historian at Fort Sumter National Monument.
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The only full treatment of Wilson's Creek (8/10/1861), the second major battle of the Civil War and a determining factor in Missouri's decision to remain in the Union. This book combines a detailed military study with a close look at the men who fought there, exploring their ideals and fears and their determination to uphold, at all costs, the honor of their home commuinities in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, and Iowa.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Piston and Hatcher's book is an excellent study of the first significant Civil War campaign west of the Appalachians. The campaign's culmination in the Battle of Wilson's Creek was important in determining the fate of Missouri and setting the course for future operations in the West. It also served as many Americans' introduction to war. By devoting a book of such length to this small but important battle, the authors have been able to provide practically everything that modern scholars could ask from a campaign study. They cover leading personalities (and sometimes judge them rather harshly). They discuss the politics and strategy of the campaign and the tactics of the battle. They also examine the backgrounds of the volunteer companies that composed the contending armies--their individual soldiers and the communities that sent them to war and with which they continued a special relationship. The communities honored the soldiers, and the soldiers were to show courage and fidelity. The authors' emphasis on the soldiers' primary identification with their companies, rather than their regiments, is an important new insight. They also discuss the impact of the campaign on civilians whom it touched. All levels. S. E. Woodworth; Texas Christian University
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[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book.America'¢s Civil War
[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book.America•s Civil War
Wilson's Creek will stand as the definitive study of a long-neglected but important battle.Journal of American History
Wilson's Creek will stand as the definitive study of a long-neglected but important battle. Journal of American History
With a fresh interpretive framework and rich with insights, this book will take its place among the great battle narratives.American Historical Review
With a fresh interpretive framework and rich with insights, this book will take its place among the great battle narratives. American Historical Review
[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book. America*s Civil War
Piston and Hatcher . . . . have captured well the pathos of the early months of the war as it affected those who fought it.Journal of Southern History
Piston and Hatcher . . . . have captured well the pathos of the early months of the war as it affected those who fought it. Journal of Southern History
Piston and Hatcher have provided a service to Civil War historians.Military Review
Piston and Hatcher have provided a service to Civil War historians. Military Review
[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book.America's Civil War
[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book. America s Civil War
[This] detailed tactical study . . . as good as any yet produced by the new generation of military historians. . . . [A] fine book. America'_¢s Civil War
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Summaries
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A traditional military battle study is combined here with an innovative social analysis of the participants.
Main Description
In the summer of 1861, Americans were preoccupied by the question of which states would join the secession movement and which would remain loyal to the Union. This question was most fractious in the 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 providing the first 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 at Wilson's Creek with an innovative social analysis of the soldiers who participated and the communities that supported them. In particular, they highlight the importance of the soldiers' sense of corporate honor--the desire to uphold the reputation of their hometowns--as a powerful motivator for enlistment, a source of sustenance during the campaign, and a lens through which soldiers evaluated their performance in battle.
Long Description
In the summer of 1861, Americans were preoccupied by the question of which states would join the secession movement and which would remain loyal to the Union. This question was most fractious in the 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 providing the first 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 at Wilson's Creek with an innovative social analysis of the soldiers who participated and the communities that supported them. In particular, they highlight the importance of the soldiers' sense of corporate honor--the desire to uphold the reputation of their hometowns--as a powerful motivator for enlistment, a source of sustenance during the campaign, and a lens through which soldiers evaluated their performance in battle.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Southern Rights Inviolatep. 3
Fan the Fire of Enthusiasmp. 24
Mark Well the Spot Where They Meetp. 44
The Boys Feel Very Proud of the Flagp. 60
Nothing Was Clear Cut--It Was Simply Missourip. 76
Good Tents and Bad Waterp. 92
They Take the Rags off the Bushp. 106
Ripe for the Sickle of Warp. 122
The Lyon and the Whang-doodlep. 138
Wilson Creek Afforded Us Waterp. 151
Red and Blistered from Head to Footp. 164
I Will Gladly Give Up My Life for Victoryp. 179
My Boys Stood It Like Heroesp. 192
A "Stirring" Effect on the Enemyp. 221
A Perfect Hurricane of Bulletsp. 232
Come On, Caddo!p. 246
Pandemonium Turned Loosep. 262
Springfield Is a Vast Hospitalp. 287
To Choose Her Own Destinyp. 305
Never Disgrace Your Townp. 317
Epilogue: A Heritage of Honorp. 329
Order of Battlep. 335
Notesp. 339
Bibliographyp. 381
Indexp. 399
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