Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Joe Porter's War

The best overall account of the sweeping Confederate recruiting drives conducted across Missouri during 1862 is contained in Michael Banasik's Embattled Arkansas. One of the better documented of these is Colonel Porter's series of operations in NE Missouri. Joseph Mudd's combined history and memoir With Porter in North Missouri is a classic account and a study of the Battle of Kirksville, a decisive defeat for Porter, was recently published. Now, Scott Sallee, the author of a Blue and Gray Magazine feature article on the same subject, has released a new book length treatment titled Joe Porter's War: Colonel Joseph C. Porter, C.S.A. and the Civil War in Northeast Missouri, 1862 - Including the Palmyra Massacre (Two Trails Publishing). I'm looking to obtain a copy soon and will report back on my findings.

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