November 3, 1864: “They attacked my pickets and commenced bombarding the town”: Arkansas unionists defend Fayetteville

Northwest Arkansas has, in my opinion, not received its due attention from historians.  Several major military campaigns took place in that hilly section of the state, in particular those leading to Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove.  And for those of us interested in Southern Unionism, there was a strong movement in that portion of theContinue reading “November 3, 1864: “They attacked my pickets and commenced bombarding the town”: Arkansas unionists defend Fayetteville”

October 25, 1864: “The morale of the army runined” and Price soundly defeated

After the defeat at Westport on October 23, 1864, Major-General Sterling Price was able to extract his Army of Missouri and begin a retreat southward.  The Federals pursued, of course.  Unlike some campaigns of the Civil War, the pursuit was aggressive and actually landed some blows on the retreating enemy.  Three in fact came inContinue reading “October 25, 1864: “The morale of the army runined” and Price soundly defeated”

“They deem it strange that in such a plentiful country… breadstuffs cannot be supplied”: Price’s logistics strained

For October 18, 1864, Major-General Sterling Price’s itinerary for the Army of Missouri simply said “At Waverly; twenty-two miles.”  Price’s columns had covered a great deal of ground since entering Missouri (and add to that the march across Arkansas prior to that).  Although since threatening St. Louis and Jefferson City, Price’s army had not setContinue reading ““They deem it strange that in such a plentiful country… breadstuffs cannot be supplied”: Price’s logistics strained”