Summary Statement: December 31, 1862 – Batteries from Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas

Following the order presented in the summary statements, the next set of volunteer batteries came from Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas.  Yes, not exactly alphabetical, but we’ll go with the clerk’s ordering. At the time of the report, in December 1862, Iowa had only three batteries accepted for service (a fourth battery was not mustered untilContinue reading “Summary Statement: December 31, 1862 – Batteries from Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas”

Once again… the old Unexploded Civil War Shell problem

For those who are just getting caught up from the sesquicentennial, the Civil War ended 150 years ago… give or take a few weeks.  But that is not to say that we’ve heard the last of the Civil War.  In fact, we might still hear – if someone is unlucky, unwise, or both – explosionsContinue reading “Once again… the old Unexploded Civil War Shell problem”

“… serious defects in our military system.”: Hindman reflects after a lost campaign

With nightfall at Prairie Grove on December 7, 1862, fighting ebbed and eventually ceased. Major General Thomas Hindman faced a dire situation. Low on supplies and lacking substantial reinforcements to continue battle, he could not hold the position fought over during that day’s battle. Taking stock of the situation, Hindman opted to retire back intoContinue reading ““… serious defects in our military system.”: Hindman reflects after a lost campaign”