Monday, September 22, 2014

The Great Missouri Raid

It's been oft said here that no good single volume history of the 1864 Price Raid exists. There is an unmentionable title from the 1990s, but Mark Lause's second-half effort The Collapse of Price's Raid: The Beginning of the End in Civil War Missouri (U. of Missouri Press, Nov '14) might have some promise after a mixed bag part one. The most anticipated study remains Citadel professor Kyle Sinisi's but at this rate it will be the Bicentennial before we see it. A new one I just found out about is Michael Forsyth's The Great Missouri Raid: Sterling Price and the Last Major Confederate Campaign in Northern Territory (McFarland, Spring 2015). My excitement level is tempered somewhat by my overall lack of great enthusiasm for his two previous Civil War titles, each covering the separate Arkansas and Louisiana wings of the Union army's 1864 Red River Campaign. I liked his Camden Expedition history better, primarily because it is the only book to cover the entire operation from beginning to end (if you'll recall, Bearss's classic skips the opening phases). That said, I'll undoubtedly get a copy and review it here.

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