War of the Rebellion: Serial 083 Introduction

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Price's Missouri Expedition Intro



Vol. 41 Introduction - Serial 83

While the war would be decided east of the Mississippi, the troops west of that river were still busy. Each raided the other, the Confederates to keep the Union from sending troops to other areas, the Union to keep the Confederates on the defensive and undermine Confederate legitimacy as a government. There were also the Indians on the Plains, and the settlers there would take matters into their own hands. These four volumes trace the second half of 1864 in the backwater beyond the Mississippi.

This volume covers the broad sweep of operations beyond the Mississippi River. It was mostly small forces on each side probing the other, with the US having the advantage of more water transport and supplies. There were always operations on the Great Plains, and this volume contains the Army's reports of the Sand Creek Massacre (here called an action) and even an expedition down into southwestern Arizona (then part of New Mexico Territory) and one into the Dakotas.
Sterling Price led a large mounted column into Arkansas, hoping to rally support, obtain supplies and regain as much ground as he could. He couldn't, as the expedition came apart at the seams and ended in courts of enquiry.



Intro
Price's Missouri Expedition Intro