December 3, 1864: A journey of 1,434 miles comes to an end, closing Price’s Campaign

The last three entries in the itinerary of Major-General Sterling Price’s Campaign read: December 1 (Camp No. 85). – Clark’s command on the march. Thompson to move tomorrow; eighteen miles. December 2 (Camp No. 86). – At Laynesport. Crossed river; nineteen miles. December 3. – Clark arrived and sent courier to Washington. Whole distance marched,Continue reading “December 3, 1864: A journey of 1,434 miles comes to an end, closing Price’s Campaign”

November 8, 1864: “Our work accomplished….”, Curtis ends his pursuit of Price

Though he had fled Missouri over a week earlier, 150 years ago today (November 8, 1864) Major-General Sterling Price was still on the move trying to escape pursuit.  After the failed attempt at Fayetteville on November 3, what was left of Price’s army marched southwest through the Indian Territories to avoid the Federals operating outContinue reading “November 8, 1864: “Our work accomplished….”, Curtis ends his pursuit of Price”

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”