Saturday, August 16, 2014

Curtis's other march

The Union Army of the Southwest's lengthy march across the Ozark plateau from the Missouri interior to its victory at Pea Ridge has been well documented.  Less well covered is the long range operational redeployment that shifted the base of General Curtis's advance into the Arkansas interior from the NW to NE corner of the state.  Camp Pope Publishing recently announced a new book project (by frequent Civil War in SE Missouri author Robert Schultz) on this very subject.  It might nicely serve to bridge the gap between a pair of exceptional works, Shea & Hess's Pea Ridge campaign study and Akridge & Powers's A Severe and Bloody Fight: The Battle of Whitney’s Lane & Military Occupation of White County, Arkansas, May & June, 1862.

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