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The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi

Earl J. Hess

Abstract

The Western theater of the Civil War, rich in agricultural resources and manpower, and home to a large number of slaves, stretched 600 miles north to south and 450 miles east to west from the Appalachians to the Mississippi. If the South lost the West, there would be little hope of preserving the Confederacy. This comprehensive study of how Federal forces conquered and held the West examines the geographical difficulties of conducting campaigns in a vast land, as well as the toll irregular warfare took on soldiers and civilians alike. It balances a thorough knowledge of the battle lines with a ... More

Keywords: Civil War, agricultural resources, manpower, slaves, Appalachians, Mississippi, Confederacy, Federal forces, irregular warfare, battle lines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835425
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869840_hess

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Earl J. Hess, author