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Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign (Civil War America)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"With an exhaustive array of archival materials, insightful analysis, and good writing. . . . Fields of Blood provides readers with a concise, illuminating look at a forgotten fight. . . . A model campaign study which draws on as many of the scarce resources available to make sense of what today is still a very confusing battle. . . . Students of the Trans-Missippi and those who enjoy solidly constructed and easy to read campaign studies will want to own this book. Those who enjoyed Shea's earlier work on Pea Ridge will doubtless appreciate this effort equally."

-TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog "Shea brings to his work a great deal of familiarity with the campaign . . . enjoyable and insightful. . . . Will stand as the standard account of the Prairie Grove campaign, which, thanks to Shea, no longer resides in underserved obscurity."

-Arkansas Historical Quarterly "Thoroughly researched and engagingly written. . . . Shea's ability to illuminate the interconnections among strategy, logistics, and geography is especially noteworthy. . . . An excellent study of an important but often overlooked campaign."

-Annals of Iowa "A first rate history of this remote part of the Civil War."

-Blue & Gray Magazine "Anyone interested in Civil War military operations should read this book."

-The Journal of America's Military Past "Combined with excellent maps, Shea's description of the operational maneuvers and his detailing of the tactical actions are masterful. . . . A superb account of a signature campaign of the theater."

-Journal of Military History "The definitive study of an important campaign that heretofore has not received the scholarly attention its significance merits. . . . A fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas."

-McCormick Messenger "If further proof were needed of William L. Shea's mastery of the Civil War campaign history, this is it. . . . He has attained even loftier heights with a thoughtful and meticulous account of Prairie Grove."

-Civil War Book Review "William Shea set the standard for campaign narrative in his classic work Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West. In Fields of Blood, he has raised the bar and established himself as the foremost historian on the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi. Smooth. Polished. Riveting!"

-Terrence J. Winschel, historian, Vicksburg National Military Park, author of Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vols. 1-2

Synopsis:

On Sunday, December 7, 1862, two armies collided at an obscure Arkansas hamlet named Prairie Grove in a desperate battle that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. In Fields of Blood, historian William L. Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War.

Shea provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain. In a fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas, he describes a campaign notable for rapid marching, bold movements, hard fighting, and the most remarkable raid of the Civil War. After months of intricate maneuvering punctuated by five battles in three states, armies led by Thomas C. Hindman and James G. Blunt met one last time at Prairie Grove. The costly daylong struggle was a tactical draw but a key strategic victory for the Union, as the Confederates never again seriously attempted to recover Missouri or threaten Kansas.

Historians have long ignored the complex campaign that ended in such spectacular fashion at Prairie Grove, but it is at last brought to life in these pages.

Synopsis:

Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. Shea provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain. In a fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas, he describes a campaign notable for rapid marching, bold movements, hard fighting, and the most remarkable raid of the Civil War.

About the Author

William L. Shea is professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is coauthor of several books, including Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West (UNC Press) and Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807833155
Author:
Shea, William L.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Prairie Grove, Battle of, Ark., 1862
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House; Cane Hill; secession; Samuel L. Curtis; Arkansas; Prairie Grove Campaign; American South; Antebellum South; American Civil War /Confederacy; Union; Thomas C. Hindman; Pea Ridge; MIssouri; Kansas; Ozark; John M. Schofield; James G. Blunt; bl
Subject:
Bordern House
Subject:
Cane Hill
Subject:
Secession
Subject:
Samuel L. Curtis
Subject:
Arkansas
Subject:
Prairie Grove Campaign
Subject:
American South
Subject:
Antebellum South
Subject:
American Civil War /Confederacy
Subject:
Union
Subject:
Thomas C. Hindman
Subject:
Pea Ridge
Subject:
Missouri
Subject:
Kansas
Subject:
Ozark
Subject:
John M. Schofield
Subject:
James G. Blunt
Subject:
black soldiers
Subject:
Indian troops
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Oklahoma
Subject:
Indian Territory
Subject:
trans-Mississippi west
Subject:
Wilson s Creek
Subject:
Prairie Grove Historical Park
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
American
Subject:
Civil War /Confederacy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Civil War America
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 illus., 17 maps
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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Product details 392 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807833155 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On Sunday, December 7, 1862, two armies collided at an obscure Arkansas hamlet named Prairie Grove in a desperate battle that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. In Fields of Blood, historian William L. Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War.

Shea provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain. In a fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas, he describes a campaign notable for rapid marching, bold movements, hard fighting, and the most remarkable raid of the Civil War. After months of intricate maneuvering punctuated by five battles in three states, armies led by Thomas C. Hindman and James G. Blunt met one last time at Prairie Grove. The costly daylong struggle was a tactical draw but a key strategic victory for the Union, as the Confederates never again seriously attempted to recover Missouri or threaten Kansas.

Historians have long ignored the complex campaign that ended in such spectacular fashion at Prairie Grove, but it is at last brought to life in these pages.

"Synopsis" by , Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. Shea provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain. In a fascinating analysis of the personal, geographical, and strategic elements that led to the fateful clash in northwest Arkansas, he describes a campaign notable for rapid marching, bold movements, hard fighting, and the most remarkable raid of the Civil War.
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